Statement from Senator Mark Green regarding Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Following the Supreme Court ruling that makes unconstitutional a state’s right to ban same-sex marriage, TN Senator Mark Green (R-Clarksville) issued the following statement:

“Once again, we see a complete disregard by a liberal court for the voice of individuals as represented by the states and, in Tennessee, a state constitutional amendment supported by 81% of the voters to recognize marriage as a covenant between a man and a woman. Five men and women in black robes have legislated from the judiciary with a veto of the elections held in many states, such as ours.”

“The conflict now set by the Supreme Court between the Tenth Amendment of States rights, the First Amendment of freedom of religion, and the loose interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment of equal protection to redefine the institution of marriage is a clear violation of the will of the Tennessee electorate and exemplifies Washington’s worsening encroachment on the founding principal of federalism.”

“The cases before the court involved laws from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee that define marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Those states have not allowed same-sex couples to marry within their borders and they also have refused to recognize valid marriages from elsewhere.”

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