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Palmer on the Supreme Court’s Marriage Decision

June 26, 2015
Press Release

For Immediate Release

Washington D.C. – Congressman Gary Palmer strongly disagrees with the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which strikes down as unconstitutional state laws defining marriage as it has been defined for thousands of years, and says the following:

“I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court’s decision in this case and believe it represents the height of Judicial activism.  Two years ago, in U.S. v Windsor, the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional because they claimed that it interfered with the right of states to define marriage as each state saw fit.  Now that same Court has summarily invalidated the right of every state, such as Alabama, that defines marriage as between one man and one woman.

“Nonetheless, it is important to remember that in a larger sense, neither the Supreme Court nor any government entity can redefine marriage, because the definition of marriage pre-exists government. No one can change the fundamental nature of what marriage is: the union of a man and woman and the formation of family which is the foundation of every civilization.  The Court’s ruling cannot change that. Because of this ruling I have grave concerns about the assault against the religious liberties of the millions of Americans for whom marriage is a religious institution and will always remain one.  Congress should act to ensure that the religious liberties of all Americans are protected so that no one is ever be forced or coerced into violating their conscience.”

For any additional questions, contact:

Cliff Smith, (202) 225-4921,
U.S. Representative Gary Palmer (R-AL) serves on three Congressional committees: Oversight and Government Reform, Budget, and Science, Space and Technology.  Visit Palmer online at his website or via Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.