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Statement on Supreme Court Marriage Decision

June 26, 2015

AUSTIN – The Texas Senate Republican Caucus today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s unsound ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges.

“The Constitution of the State of Texas preserves the definition of marriage in our great state as a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife.

This definition directly expresses the sovereign will of the people of Texas, who overwhelmingly ratified its text when exercising the right to vote on this sacred issue.

The Texas Senate reaffirmed this definition during the 84th Legislative Session by passing Senate Resolution 1028. This resolution includes a pledge to uphold and defend the Constitution of our state and the principles that are so dearly held by Texans far and wide.

Today’s Supreme Court ruling is an affront to the Texas Constitution, the United States Constitution, the founding principles of our nation, and the democratic voting process.

As the dissenting Justices acknowledged, “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment.” They continued, “It seizes for itself a question the Constitution leaves to the people, at a time when the people are engaged in a vibrant debate on that question.”

This extreme judicial overreach from our nation’s highest court is intolerable. The Texas Senate Republican Caucus will support the Texas Attorney General in any legal action he may take to defend the religious liberty of Texans in the wake of this troubling decision.”

For more information about the Texas Senate Republican Caucus, visit texassenate.gop.

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