FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 6, 2014
Contact: Elizabeth Ray or Matille Thebolt (703-683-5004)
"Once again we see judges imposing their views of marriage in violation of the law and the overwhelming decision of state voters to preserve marriage in the law as it exists in reality, the union of one man and one woman.” — Brian Brown, NOM president —
Washington, D.C. — The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) today called on the states of Kansas and Missouri to move expeditiously to appeal court rulings redefining marriage in their states, and urged Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to immediately file a motion to stay the state court ruling pending appeal. The Kansas ruling has already been stayed.
"Once again we see judges imposing their views of marriage in violation of the law and the overwhelming decision of state voters to preserve marriage in the law as it exists in reality, the union of one man and one woman,” said Brian Brown. "In Missouri, we need Governor Jay Nixon to immediately file a motion demanding that the lower court ruling be stayed so that it may be appealed to the Missouri Supreme Court without harm to the public in seeing their marriage amendment ignored by public officials. We are pleased that officials in Kansas are moving to seek review by the court of appeals.”
In Missouri a state court judge invalidated the state's marriage amendment, declaring that it is unconstitutional to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Missouri voters passed their marriage amendment in 2004 with 71% of voters supporting it. Missouri's Democrat Attorney General Chris Koster has said he would appeal the ruling, but would not seek a stay of it. NOM is calling on Governor Jay Nixon to seek a stay.
In Kansas, a federal district court judge invalidated that state's marriage amendment on Election Day, but stayed the decision to give state officials the opportunity to appeal. The amendment was adopted in 2005 with 70% of state voters approving it. Kansas filed for an appeal yesterday.
"It is up to the US Supreme Court to rule on the issue of marriage so that the American people and their elected officials have a clear statement of the Court's view of state marriage laws in order to assess how best to preserve their state laws on marriage,” Brown said. "We call on all Americans to urge the US Supreme Court to do their duty and accept a marriage case rather than leave it to individual judges around the country to rule as they wish. This undermines confidence in the judicial system and indeed confidence in government itself."
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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