Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) slammed the Supreme Court over its decision to legalize gay marriage.
During a conversation with conservative commentator Liz Wheeler on his podcast, Cruz explained what the case would be for overturning Obergefell v. Hodges.
Britannica explains the court ruled on the case in 2015, saying that “state bans on same-sex marriage and on recognizing same-sex marriages duly performed in other jurisdictions are unconstitutional under the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”
Cruz suggested the case “ignored two centuries of our nation’s history. Marriage was always an issue that was left to the states.”
He added, “We saw states before Obergefell that were moving. Some states were moving to allow gay marriage. Other states were moving to allow civil partnerships.”
Cruz continued, “There were different standards that the states were adopting, and had the court not ruled in Obergefell, the democratic process would have continued to operate.”
The senator argued the court decided it knew better than the states.
“Now every state must sanction and permit gay marriage. I think that decision was clearly wrong when it was decided. It was the court overreaching,” Cruz explained.
Watch his comments below:
Cruz’s comments come after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said in a concurring opinion to the Roe v. Wade reversal that the court should revisit decisions on contraception and same-sex marriage.
“In future cases, we should reconsider all of this Court’s substantive due process precedents, including Griswold, Lawrence, and Obergefell,” Thomas wrote.
He added, “Because any substantive due process decision is ‘demonstrably erroneous,’ we have a duty to ‘correct the error’ established in those precedents.”
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) also spoke out against the ruling.
“I think that Obergefell was wrongly decided, but I also think that at this point it is also settled law,” he said.
Hawley explained he is “not aware of any concerted effort to get Obergefell overturned, and I don’t think that this opinion will result in that happening. I’d be shocked if that happened. I just don’t see it.”
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