Statements on Proposition 8 Ruling
February 7, 2012 (in order received)
MITT ROMNEY: COURT DECISION ON PROPOSITION
8 “DOES NOT END THIS FIGHT”
Boston, MA –
Mitt Romney made the following statement regarding the Ninth Circuit
Court of Appeals decision striking down Proposition 8 as
unelected judges cast aside the will of the people of California who
voted to protect traditional marriage. This decision does not end this
fight, and I expect it to go to the Supreme Court. That prospect
underscores the vital importance of this election and the movement to
preserve our values. I believe marriage is between a man and a woman
and, as president, I will protect traditional marriage and appoint
judges who interpret the Constitution as it is written and not
according to their own politics and prejudices.”
Newt Gingrich Statement on 9th Circuit
Court Decision Regarding Proposition 8
Atlanta, GA - Newt Gingrich issued the following
statement following today’s decision by the Federal Circuit Court of
Appeals for the Ninth Circuit overturning California’s Proposition 8:
With today’s decision on marriage by the Ninth Circuit, and the likely
appeal to the Supreme Court, more and more Americans are being exposed
to the radical overreach of federal judges and their continued assault
on the Judeo-Christian foundations of the United States.
I was drawn back into public life by the Ninth Circuit’s 2002 decision
that held that the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance were
unconstitutional. Today’s decision is one more example that the
American people cannot rest until we restore the proper rule of the
judicial branch and bring judges and the Courts back under the
The Constitution of the United States begins with “We the People”; it
does not begin with “We the Judges”. Federal judges need to take
of that fact.
Federal judges are substituting their own political views for the
constitutional right of the people to make judgments about the
definition of marriage.
The country has been here before. In 1856, the Supreme Court thought it
could settle the issue of slavery once and for all and impose a
judicial solution on the country. In 1973, the issue was abortion and
once again a Supreme Court thought that it could impose a judicial
solution on the country once and for all.
Judicial solutions don’t solve contentious social issues once and for
Should the Supreme Court fail to heed the disastrous lessons if its own
history and attempt to impose its will on the marriage debate in this
country by affirming today’s Ninth Circuit decision, it will bear the
burden of igniting a constitutional crisis of the first order.
The political branches of the federal government, as well as the
political branches of the several States, will surely not passively
accept the dictates of the federal judiciary on this issue. An
interventionist approach by the Court on marriage will lead to a crisis
of legitimacy for the federal judiciary from which it may take
generations to recover.
SANTORUM RESPONDS TO PROPOSITION 8 RULING
St. Charles, MO - Republican Presidential candidate Rick Santorum
made the following statement in response to the 9th
U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling on Proposition 8 - the 2008
ballot initiative codifying the traditional definition of marriage as
one-man and one-woman.
Rick Santorum said: "Today's decision by the 9th
Circuit is another in a long line of radical activist rulings by this
rogue circuit - and it is precisely why I have called for that circuit
to be abolished and split up. Marriage is defined and has always been
defined as 'one man and one woman.' We simply cannot allow 50 different
definitions of marriage.
people of California spoke clearly at the ballot box that they wanted
marriage defined in the traditional manner of one man and one woman.
And for a court, any court, to usurp the power and will of the people
in this manner on an issue this fundamental to the foundation of our
society is wrong.
need to have a Judicial Branch that acts within its Constitutional
bounds. We need to have a President that is willing to stand up to the
Judiciary. We need to have a President who will fight to protect
marriage once and for all with a federal marriage amendment. I am
committed to being that President."