Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Labrador on 9th Circuit Ruling: Unelected Judges Shouldn't Trump 'The Will of the People'

Posted By on Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 9:17 AM

Taking a clear shot at federal judges, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in particular, Idaho Republican Congressman Raul Labrador ripped the 9th Circuit's ruling to strike down Idaho's ban on same-sex marriages, saying:
"Marriage should not be redefined by unelected judges who continue to trump the will of the people of the various states."

Labrador was the only member of Idaho's congressional delegation to weigh in on the issue Tuesday evening, in the wake of the 9th Circuit's ruling and mandate, but more than a few pundits anticipate Labrador's own run at the governor's office someday. The current office-holder, Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter, filed a stay request on the 9th Circuit order, and early Wednesday morning, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy granted Otter the stay, giving the governor until 5 p.m. Thursday to file a response to the ruling.

Meanwhile, Labrador is pointing to his own proposed resolution before the U.S. House. H.R. 3133, dubbed the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act, would "prohibit adverse actions by the IRS or other federal agencies based on a person or a group's view on marriage," according to Labrador.

"While I personally believe that marriage should be defined as the union of a man and a woman, marriage is an issue that should be decided by the states," said Labrador.

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