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Hartzler statement on Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8

June 26, 2013
Press Release

Congresswoman Vicky Hartzler (MO-4) has issued the following statement regarding today’s Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8:

“Today the Court got it wrong. The activist ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act ignored the votes of a bipartisan majority of Congress. This alarming precedent disempowers Congress from making national policy with respect to marriage. We must work to defend the rights of Americans to make marriage policy. We should work to promote the truth of marriage between a man and a woman. It is wise public policy upholding the reality that every child needs a mom and a dad, and society benefits when they do.”

“Additionally, the court ignored the voices of millions of Californians who went to the ballot box twice to protect marriage. Their Governor and Attorney General, who refused to defend the people’s wishes, abandoned the people of California. With the Supreme Court denying them standing, they trampled on the people’s rights and left them voiceless. This is a serious loss for democratic self-government and the rights of the people to stand for marriage as the union between one man and one woman. While California has tried to silence the voices of their citizens, the Supreme Court has not created a Constitutional right to same-sex marriage. We will continue to work to protect marriage laws defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman across the country.”

Congresswoman Hartzler serves on the House Agriculture, Budget, and Armed Services Committees.