Ted Cruz: States Should Ignore Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Ted Cruz: States Should Ignore Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Texas Senator and presidential candidate Ted Cruz has some advice for those who are worried about the flagrantly unconstitutional Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in all fifty states: simply don’t abide by it.


Ted Cruz has some unsolicited advice for the states not specifically named in last week’s Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage: Ignore it.

“Those who are not parties to the suit are not bound by it,” the Texas Republican told NPR News’ Steve Inskeep in an interview published on Monday. Since only suits against the states of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and Kentucky were specifically considered in the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which was handed down last Friday, Cruz — a former Supreme Court clerk — believes that other states with gay marriage bans need not comply, absent a judicial order.

“[O]n a great many issues, others have largely acquiesced, even if they were not parties to the case,” the 2016 presidential contender added, “but there’s no legal obligation to acquiesce to anything other than a court judgement.”

While Cruz’s statement may be technically true, federal district and circuit courts are obligated to follow the Supreme Court’s precedent and overrule all other states’ same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional.

The Texas senator then went on to suggest that Republicans who have called for following the court’s decision are members of a “Washington cartel” and are lying when they say they do not support same-sex marriage.

“[Republican Party leaders] agree with the rulings from last week, both the Obamacare ruling and the marriage ruling,” Cruz said. “[T]he biggest divide we have politically is not between Republicans and Democrats. It’s between career politicians in both parties and the American people.”

Cruz also doubled down on his call for a constitutional amendment making Supreme Court justices subject to “periodic judicial retention election.”

“I think the question Republican primary voters should ask is, ‘When have you stood up against the Washington cartel? When have you stood up against leaders in our own party?’”

Sen. Cruz is an absolutely brilliant constitutional scholar and a patriot. It is not the act of a patriot to blindly follow dogma that contradicts the First Amendment.

Bravo for Sen. Cruz for highlighting this fact.

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