Daily Roundup: Texas Marriage Amendment Struck Down by Federal Judge

Posted on March 1, 2014 in Marriage, Public Policy by

texas flagIn yet another shocking display of judicial activism, a judge has ignored 76 percent of the state’s voters and struck down a state constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Following a disturbing trend of judicial and attorney general decisions the federal judge, Orlando Garcia said the voter approved law has no standing in the lone-star state.

This trend of lawless behavior is not surprising when you have a president that does the same thing. Once President Obama decided he would not defend the laws of the United States and instructed his Department of Defense to ignore national law, it was only a matter of time before others did the same thing. Now, as a result of his reckless example we have attorney’s general taking the law into their own hands and making decisions outside their legal purview. As well we have judges ignoring the will of the people and striking laws that they don’t like, much like the Obama administration has done.

America truly is in a state of alarm as lawlessness and immorality are running rampant in an attempt to overwhelm the nation. If good people continue to ignore what is happening we can reasonably expect to lose many of our cherished freedoms in the coming years. Consider this your daily roundup of articles on the situation in Texas:

FRC: A Lone Star Judge vs. 76 percent of the People “On Wednesday, a U.S. district judge in Texas ruled that the state’s law defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman was unconstitutional. District Judge Orlando Garcia’s ruling adds to a growing list of rulings striking down state marriage amendments. Judges in Utah, Oklahoma, Ohio, Kentucky, and Virginia have been all too willing to substitute their individual judgment for the voice of the people on a question that our Constitution leaves to the political process.”

Citizenlink: Texas Marriage Amendment Struck Down “‘This ruling by unelected federal Judge Orlando Garcia is the most egregious form of judicial activism of our generation,’ said Texas Values President Jonathan Saenz. ‘This hollow victory and clear attack on morality and the rule of law will not stand in Texas…This is just the beginning of an epic battle that the Texas people will ultimately win in name of the only true and lawful definition of marriage: one man, one woman.'”

The Houston Chronicle: Texas’ ban on gay marriage ruled unconstitutional “Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott issued a statement Wednesday confirming that his office plans to appeal the ruling with the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. But there is no rush to do so because of the stay, he said. ‘The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled over and over again that States have the authority to define and regulate marriage. The Texas Constitution defines marriage as between one man and one woman,’ Abbot continued in the written statement. ‘If the Fifth Circuit honors those precedents, then today’s decision should be overturned and the Texas Constitution will be upheld.'”

The Denver Post: Gay marriage debate hits critical mass with judge tossing Texas ban “Federal judges in six states — Texas, Kentucky, Virginia, Oklahoma, Utah and Ohio — have rejected all or parts of bans on gay marriage. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in California is considering a challenge to Nevada’s ban, which state officials have declined to defend. Greg Scott, spokesman for Alliance Defending Freedom, which is defending Oklahoma’s gay marriage ban, agrees a Supreme Court showdown is inevitable, but he said the outcome is very much in question. He also said judges willing to take either side of the debate can be found in every state. ‘All this shows is we are headed to the Supreme Court to decide the future of marriage in America,’ Scott said Wednesday.”

Fox News: Federal judge strikes down Texas ban on gay marriage, postpones action pending appeal “Todd Staples, a candidate for lieutenant governor who drafted the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, denounced the court’s decision. ‘I am disappointed that judicial activism is once again trying to trump the will of the people. This ruling is the poster child of the culture war occurring in America today,’ he said.”

LifeSiteNews: Homosexuality is morally protected behavior, judge rules in striking down Texas marriage amendment  “National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown said Garcia’s ruling joins a number of recent ‘egregious decisions by unelected judges throwing out the votes of millions of Americans.’ These decisions ‘have been shamefully encouraged, aided, and abetted by the lawless actions of President Obama and his administration, especially the Attorney General,’ he said. Earlier this week, Attorney General Eric Holder told state attorneys general they were under no compulsion to defend marriage amendments that they believed to be unconstitutional. To date, the top legal officials in six states – all Democrats – have followed the Obama administration’s lead.”

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