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Sunday, June 28, 2015

States' Rights and Marriage

Not so long ago, Democrats invoked states' rights in the marriage debate.

Family law, indeed, is the purview of the States. So, there’s no need for a constitutional amendment.

This proposed constitutional amendment strikes at the heart of States’ rights in the area of family law, and in doing so, actually undermines our Constitution.

Moreover, I believe that Americans believe that the States should deal with same-sex marriage as the States see fit. And so I do.
On June 17, 2009, President Obama said:
Among the steps we have not yet taken is to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. I believe it's discriminatory, I think it interferes with States' rights, and we will work with Congress to overturn it.
On May 9, 2012, Governor Andrew Cuomo said:
I believe in states rights. I would like to see a place where this law is accepted all across the nation. I advocated as such.  I don’t know that the solution should be the federal government  telling states what to do.