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National Organization for Marriage Says Same-Sex Marriage in Florida Is Illegitimate, Calls On Florida Officials to Enforce State Law and Demands US Supreme Court to Reaffirm Right of States To Define Marriage As Union Of One Man And One Woman

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 6, 2015
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)


"Florida officials should not go along with this illegitimate decree and should demand that state and local officials continue to enforce the marriage amendment that was overwhelmingly adopted by Florida voters in 2008." — Brian Brown, NOM president —

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Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today said that the imposition of same-sex 'marriage' in Florida is the result of an illegitimate act by a federal judge and demanded that the US Supreme Court grant review of a pending case from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals and reaffirm that states have the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

"It is simply illegitimate for the opinion of a federal district judge to trump the decision of millions of Floridians and attempt to redefine marriage in violation of Federal law," said Brian Brown, NOM's president. "Federal judges are acting as if the US Supreme Court has ordered same-sex marriage to be imposed, but in reality the Court has ruled that states have the right to define marriage. We demand that the US Supreme Court act immediately to review the pending marriage case before them and swiftly reaffirm that states have the right to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

In Windsor v United States, a narrow majority of the US Supreme Court ruled that a federal law defining marriage violated the federal constitution because that law conflicted with the right of states to define marriage. In the particular case, the state of New York had acted to redefine marriage, making it genderless, putting the definition of marriage chosen by New York lawmakers at odds with the federal definition of marriage. This pro states-rights ruling in Windsor has since been twisted by many federal judges, using it to falsely claim that traditional marriage provisions adopted by states are unconstitutional.

"The US Supreme Court has never ruled that traditional marriage is unconstitutional," said Brown. "In fact, they have specifically ruled that states have the right to define marriage. It is a travesty of justice that states are allowing federal judges to single-handedly decide the laws of marriage. Florida officials should not go along with this illegitimate decree and should demand that state and local officials continue to enforce the marriage amendment that was overwhelmingly adopted by Florida voters in 2008.

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To schedule an interview with Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, please contact Elizabeth Ray, [email protected], or Matille Thebolt, [email protected], at 703-683-5004.

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