PRESS RELEASE: Supreme Court rulings: DOMA and Prop 8



Contact: Charles Tassell, Assistant to the President, Citizens for Community Values
(513) 652-5035 (Cell)

The Supreme Court handed down rulings on two very important cases regarding marriage today: DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and Proposition 8.

With Proposition 8 we applaud the Supreme Court for vacating the 9th Circuit Court’s decision and reaffirming that marriage is a decision that is best left up to the people and not unelected judges.

The decisions regarding DOMA and Proposition 8 will continue to allow the people to vote on same-sex marriage in their individual states. We celebrate this victory in marriage today but we understand that the discussion regarding marriage is far from being over. The Court’s ruling on Proposition 8 is a win for Ohio!

While state’s rights won the day against federalism in DOMA, we are disappointed that the Supreme Court has decided to remove the federal definition of marriage by declaring DOMA to be unconstitutional. The central issue in the case challenging DOMA was the estate tax. The whole dispute could have been avoided if Congress had enacted fairer tax policy years ago by eliminating the death tax and allowing Americans to pass on their wealth to their loved ones. Tax policy should have been redefined, not a complete vacating of federal definitions.

As Justice Scalia stated, “We have no power to decide this case. And even if we did, we have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation. The Court’s errors on both points spring forth from the same diseased root: an exalted conception of the role of this institution in America.”

CCV has two non-negotiable issues: our pro-life stance on abortion and the definition of marriage as an institution between one man and one woman. We will continue to stand for these issues. Our motivation stems from the fact that research has proven time and time again that children do best when raised with both a mother and a father and our children deserve the best, whenever possible.

As an essential aspect of civilization, marriage is key to public policy, in that:

  • Marriage exists to bring a man and a woman together as husband and wife to be father and mother to any children their union produces.
  • Marriage is based on the biological fact that reproduction depends on a man and a woman and the reality that children need a mother and a father.
  • Marriage has public purposes that transcend its private purposes.

In summary, we are pleased that Ohio’s Marriage Amendment (passed in 2004) continues to be the law of the land for Ohio and will continue to advocate for the definition of natural marriage to remain one man and one woman.