Texas Gov. Rick Perry Blasts Ruling Striking Down Ban on Same-Sex Marriage: 'It Is Not The Role of The Federal Government To Overturn The Will of Our Citizens'
'Another attempt to achieve via the courts what couldn’t be achieved at the ballot box'
Rick Perry says that a federal judge who struck the state's gay marriage ban today is going against the will of the people.
'Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution, and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens,' Perry said in a statement issued after the ruling by federal judge Orlando Garcia.
'The 10th Amendment guarantees Texas voters the freedom to make these decisions, and this is yet another attempt to achieve via the courts what couldn’t be achieved at the ballot box.'
In 2005, Proposition 2, 'The Definition of Marriage Act' passed overwhelmingly in Texas with 76% of the vote
The judge who struck it down, Judge Orlando Luis Garcia was nominated by Bill Clinton in 1993