U.S. Rep. Ratcliffe Statement on SCOTUS Ruling on Same-Sex Marriage
Washington, DC, June 26, 2015
U.S. Representative John Ratcliffe (R-TX) released the following statement on the Supreme Court’s decision regarding same-sex marriage:
"My faith is very important to me and serves as a guiding light for the values I hold dear. Thus, I believe marriage is the union of one man and one woman and disagree with today’s Supreme Court decision. This view is shared by many Americans that have continually gone to the ballot boxes in their respective states to register this very position.
The American people have been engaged in an ongoing national conversation about marriage. Yet today, five judges prematurely cut that conversation short. The same Court that previously reserved this issue to the states has now deemed itself a legislature, overriding the votes of millions of Americans instead of ruling on what the Constitution requires.
I agree with Governor Abbott’s statement that, 'Despite the Supreme Court’s rulings, Texans’ fundamental right to religious liberty remains protected.' I am committed to ensuring that this ruling does not force any Texan to act in a way that violates his or her religious beliefs."