Republicans Push Disapproval Measure Aimed at Gay Marriage Ruling

Posted August 10, 2010 at 9:48am

A group of House Republicans introduced a resolution of disapproval Tuesday regarding a California judge’s recent decision to reverse the state’s ban on gay marriage.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said Judge Vaughn Walker’s ruling that overturned the 2008 ban was an example of “judicial overreach” and unfair to California voters.

Smith, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, said it was “inconceivable” that the Founding Fathers “ever intended to create a same sex marriage.”

“It is not about the worth of gay individuals,” Smith said, adding that the objection to the ruling was not rooted in his belief in traditional marriage between a man and a woman.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) called Walker’s decision “irrational” and predicted the issue would end up in the Supreme Court.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) expressed concern that the judge could overturn a law that was voted on by hundreds of thousands of people.

“I think it is the issue of judicial activism that is setting people off,” she said. “This is just the latest example.”

Smith said that he had yet to talk to Republican leadership about the resolution but he would ask them to sign on. The measure had 15 co-sponsors as of press time.