Marco Rubio has a plan to end same-sex marriages in the United States if he becomes president.
According to Think Progress, on Sunday on NBC’s Meet The Press, Marco Rubio claimed he would challenge the Supreme Court’s finding that same-sex marriage is a Constitutional right, which is protected by the 14th Amendment.
Rubio’s plan is quite simple. He said he will appoint new Supreme Court Judges who would overturn the ruling once he is seated in office.
“I don’t believe any case law is settled law. Any future Supreme Court can change it. And ultimately, I will appoint Supreme Court justices that will interpret the Constitution as originally constructed.”
The Huffington Post reports that Marco Rubio claims banning same-sex marriage is not about discrimination, but it is about “the definition of a very specific, traditional, and age-old institution.”
Most of the Republican candidates for president have also expressed a desire to change the Supreme Court’s decision regarding same-sex marriage, but Donald Trump is the only one who has basically said that he does not wish to change what the Supreme Court has already ruled upon.
Rubio believes that marriage should remain a state and local law concern, and that federal government should stay out of it.
While Rubio may believe that voters would want to ban same-sex laws in some states, most Americans believe same-sex marriage should stay as it is. According to Mic, a 2015 Pew Research Center poll showed 57% of Americans now support same-sex marriage, and 39% do not support it.
Some believe the talk about overturning the Supreme Court’s ruling is just political talk and would likely never happen. Marco Rubio sternly believes the law is wrong and “needs to be fixed.”
For many people, the issue is a done deal and no longer up for debate, but Rubio insists that it is a “bad law” and is still very debatable.
This seems to be the case for some. According to Logo, Gary Cass of the Christian Anti-Defamation Commission is on a mission to get Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin to cancel out the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriages. He has started a campaign using an ad directed at the new governor to “protect marriage.”
Cass believes that even if Bevin does not take a stance to ignore the Supreme Court’s ruling anyway, God will cancel out the ruling and keep marriage between a man and a woman.
On Bevin’s part, he has already taken a position to help clerks, like Kim Davis, by removing their names from marriage certificates given to same-sex couples. He claimed that it would be one of his first duties as the newly elected governor.
In North Carolina, a law which allows government employees to opt out of duties involving same-sex marriages if it interferes with their own beliefs is being challenged by six plaintiffs in federal court. Utah has a similar law, according to Reuters.
Critics claim that so many magistrates opted out of performing marriages in one county in North Carolina that no one was left, and other magistrates had to be brought in from other areas to fill-in. Public funds had to be spent on these magistrates, taking them from their duties in other counties.
However, others say that no person was denied marriage, so they cannot see a problem with allowing other magistrates to step in where necessary.
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