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Congressman: SCOTUS Legalizing Gay Marriage Creates ‘Constitutional Crisis’ ‘Usurping’ Democracy

by David Badash on March 28, 2013

in News,Politics

Republican U.S. Congressman Mark Meadows of North Carolina says that if the Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage it will create a “constitutional crisis” and “usurp” democracy. Meadows, who is endorsed by the Tea Party, spoke on on The Steve Deace Show. Deace asked if there is any precedent for “determining whether [the Supreme Court] has the jurisdiction to override a supermajority of US state laws.”

Right Wing Watch has the audio, and posted this transcript:

“No, I’m not aware of any [precedent] and obviously if it gets down to nine people deciding the will of the people our democracy and our representative form of government is in dire straits. The people here in North Carolina overwhelmingly came out and voted really en masse and with such energy that I’ve not experienced in over twenty-eight years of following politics here in North Carolina have not seen that kind of energy, and here we got the Supreme Court looking to overturn a California law that really where the voters voted there as well and you know it was obviously overturned in the Ninth Circuit and now we’ve got the Supreme Court saying that they’re going to weigh in on this particular issue. It’s a huge invasion into states’ rights and the state definition of marriage, whether you call it traditional or natural marriage, I call it marriage, you know it’s between one man and one woman, period.”

Later, Deace asked “What happens if the [Supreme] Court decides that they are their own constitutional convention without any recourse at all, what happens?”

“Well I mean obviously we start to have a constitutional crisis,” Meadows responded. “We’ve already seen some of that with the executive branch saying that they’re not going to enforce certain laws. I think it was Justice Scalia that brought this out in the last couple of days is when you get an executive branch that starts to decide what’s constitutional and what’s not and what they’re going to enforce and what they’re not, they’re usurping the authority of Congress and that’s the representative form of government and we can’t stand for that, as a people we can’t stand for that so we need to stand up and make sure that our voice is heard.”

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Alex_Parrish March 28, 2013 at 3:37 pm

This man seems to lack a fundamental understanding of the workings of the US governmental system. Perhaps he should go back to 4th grade for a civics class — or don't they teach that in North Carolina?

Huntercgo March 29, 2013 at 8:21 am

The people who elected him are probably not concerned with the way the government works. They're only interested in the way God (or more likely their preacher) told them it should work.

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