Tea Party Republican Governor Jan Brewer isn't mincing her words over today's ruling striking down Arizona's same-sex marriage ban. Here's what she has to say.
Unlike her attorney general who is opposed to same-sex marriage but maturely explained why he chose to not appeal today's ruling, Arizona's 70-year old conservative Lutheran governor just released a scathing press release, invoking amped-up Republican rhetoric, including the proverbial "unelected judges" line.
A strong states' rights devotee, Brewer today blasted the federal courts which "have again thwarted the will of the people and further eroded the authority of states to regulate and uphold our laws."
Apparently, the more than 40 rulings from federal courts related to same-sex marriage -- in favor of same-sex couples -- isn't sufficient proof that the courts are actually doing their jobs.
"It is not only disappointing, but also deeply troubling, that unelected federal judges can dictate the laws of individual states, create rights based on their personal policy preferences and supplant the will of the people in an area traditionally left to the states for more than two hundred years," Brewer ranted, ignoring Supreme Court rulings like Loving v. Virginia.
"As Justice Scalia opined, such action is tantamount to 'an assertion of judicial supremacy over the people' and is an image of the judiciary 'that would have been unrecognizable to those who wrote and ratified our national charter,'" she added.
"Simply put, courts should not be in the business of making and changing laws based on their personal agendas. It is not the role of the judiciary to determine that same-sex marriages should be allowed. Historically and traditionally, that power belongs to the states, and to the people. If society wants to recognize same-sex marriage or civil unions, that decision should be made through our elected representatives or at the ballot - not the courts."
Still talking about civil unions? Wow.
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