Ted Cruz is a constitutional scholar, so he should know that a law passed by Congress cannot overrule the anticipated U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether banning same-sex marriages violates the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution. Cruz is also a brilliant politician and he knows how to grab media attention and pander to the homo-hating GOP base, and so he makes this splash for a day in the news by introducing a bill that cannot become law or even do what he says it will do.
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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is calling on his colleagues to pass a bill that would make same sex marriage a state issue.
Cruz, along with 11 other Republican senators, re-introduced the State Marriage Defense Act on Tuesday, which aims to allow states to adopt their own definitions of marriage and would block the federal government from applying its own definition of marriage onto states.
“Even though the Supreme Court made clear in United States v. Windsor that the federal government should defer to state ‘choices about who may be married,’ the Obama Administration has disregarded state marriage laws enacted by democratically-elected legislatures to uphold traditional marriage,” Cruz said in a press release.
He added, “I support traditional marriage and we should reject attempts by the Obama Administration to force same-sex marriage on all 50 states. The State Marriage Defense Act helps safeguard the ability of states to preserve traditional marriage for their citizens.”
The bill would force federal government to rely on state law to determine whether couples are considered to be married for the purposes for federal law.