Republican Congressman Steve King is trying to get the U.S. House to pass a resolution that says States “may refuse” to recognize or license same-sex marriages, although such non-binding resolutions do not have the force of law. King’s resolution is his latest response to last month’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
“We’re in a place where the Supreme Court has put themselves above the law, above the Constitution and above the will of the people,” King said Thursday evening during a speech on the House floor.
Most Republicans in congress have publicly expressed opposition to the court’s ruling, so the resolution would likely pass, although House leaders have not indicated it’s a priority for debate. King’s House Resolution embraces what he calls the “traditional definition of marriage” as a “union between one man and one woman.”
“The domestic life of America has been dramatically transformed by the order of the Supreme Court,” King said.
King calls the court’s same-sex marriage opinion a “blatant act of judicial activism” that has “perverted” the word marriage.
“And they will impose it on the rest of the country because they’re the ‘enlightened five’ of nine in black robes,” King said. “Well, the Supreme Court has had a terrible record on dealing with large domestic issues.”
King cites the court’s 1857 Dred Scott decision which ruled African Americans weren’t citizens and the federal government had no authority to restrict or regulate slavery and the 1962 decision that ruled mandatory prayer in public schools is unconstitutional.
Earlier this year, before the court’s ruling on same-sex marriage last month, King tried to get congress to pass legislation that would forbid the federal courts from deciding such cases, but that legislation stalled.