Utah’s lesson for the other 33 pro-marriage states
Daily Caller - Bruce Parker – 12/30/2013
On December 20, on the eve of the nation’s Christmas break, an Obama-appointed federal judge launched a one-man coup against the state of Utah by unilaterally striking down the state’s constitutional marriage amendment — a law passed democratically by two-thirds of Utahans and shared in common with 33 other states.
In a 53-page ruling, which could best be described as a work of judicial fiction, District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby began by conceding that marriage law is “the province of the states,” but he proceeded to void Utah’s marriage law in a naked power grab that he admitted was not within his purview to do.
By the end of the ruling, Judge Shelby had overturned Utah’s definition of marriage by
In the Kentucky Resolutions of 1798, Thomas Jefferson wrote, “Whenever the federal government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void and of no force.”
Alexander Hamilton warned that “acts of the federal government which are not pursuant to its constitutional powers … will be merely acts of usurpation, and will deserve to be treated as such.”
TRANSLATION FOR UTAH AND OTHER PRO-MARRIAGE STATES: DISMISS ILLEGITIMATE FEDERAL RULINGS AND CONTINUE LAWFUL ENFORCEMENT OF STATE MARRIAGE LAWS.