King introduces legislation to reaffirm traditional marriage

Definition of MarriageFrom Press Release


U.S. Rep. Steve King made the following statement after introducing the House Resolution of disapproving the Supreme Court’s opinion legalizing same-sex marriage.

“The traditional definition of marriage is a union between one man and one woman,” he said. “In a blatant act of judicial activism, the Supreme Court perverted the word ‘marriage’ to create an unconstitutional right to same-sex marriage. Five unelected judges imposed their personal will on the States and the American people by overturning at least thirty states whose constitutions define marriage as a union between one man and one woman.”

King added it is time for Congress to speak out against the “constitutionally baseless decision” in the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges. He said that is why he introduced a resolution of disapproval to ensure the American people know that the House of Representatives strongly opposes the decision. The resolution also expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that:

  • the traditional definition of marriage is a union between one man and one woman;
  • the majority opinion unconstitutionally and indefensibly perverts the definition of marriage;
  • the States may refuse to be bound by the holding in Obergefell v. Hodges;
  • the States are not required to license same-sex marriage or recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states; and
  • individuals, businesses, churches, religious groups, and other faith-based organizations are encouraged, empowered, and protected to exercise their faith without fear of legal or government interference.

“I urge my colleagues in the House to support this resolution and support traditional, one man and one woman marriage,” King said.

To view the original bill text, click here.