Attorney General Candidate Barry Smitherman’s Statement on Judge Orlando Garcia’s Ruling Striking Down Texas Gay Marriage Ban
The following is a press release from the Barry Smitherman campaign:
AUSTIN –Today Barry Smitherman issued the following statement in response to Judge Orlando Garcia’s ruling striking down Texas’ gay marriage ban:
“Marriage is between one man and one woman, period. I am deeply troubled by Judge Garcia’s ruling that I know General Abbott will successfully appeal to the 5th Circuit. Some liberal, unelected federal judges with lifetime appointments seem to be missing the point that not only is there a rational basis for our constitutional definition of marriage, there is a compelling governmental interest in maintaining core Judeo-Christian values here in Texas.
From the founding of our Republic, states have always maintained the right to define marriage. Whether it was a proscription on the ability of people to marry a first or second cousin or some other family member, or a prohibition on children getting married, states have always rightfully been the ones to define who could and who could not marry. Federal judges’ attempts in the wake of the Windsor case to usurp that power from the states must be halted immediately.
I urge the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn this disastrous ruling as soon as possible.”