NINTH CIRCUIT SILENCES VOICE OF VOTERS

NINTH CIRCUIT CONTINUES ITS LEGACY OF USING THE WEIGHT OF THE COURT TO SILENCE THE VOICE OF THE VOTERS

Statement from Julie Lynde, Executive Director Cornerstone Family Council Idaho

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals overturned Idaho and Nevada’s voter-approved marriage amendments that protected marriage as only the union of one man and one woman.  Just minutes before issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples in Idaho the Supreme Court issued an emergency stay halting the same-sex marriage licenses.

No one knows how long the emergency stay of the Ninth Circuit’s opinion will last.  It could be until next fall when SCOTUS decides whether or not to hear Idaho’s appeal…OR it could be rescinded as early as this Friday 10-10-14.

Regardless of your position on same-sex marriage, every Idahoan who values the freedom to vote, the sanctity of the ballot box and the will of the people should be outraged that it is unaccountable judges, not the citizens of the state who are deciding this critical issue.

The Ninth Circuit has joined a string of unelected judges issuing black-robed decrees that strike at the very heart of what has made America great; the democratic system of self-governance  “of the people, by the people and for the people” and the cornerstone of civilization, the family.

Marriage is about more than who you love; it's about bringing together the two great halves of humanity, male and female-- not gay and straight. Laws may change, but what will always remain is that the definition of marriage that has been ordained since the beginning of time is what is best for men, women, children, and our society as a whole.

On Wednesday morning Governor Butch Otter said, "I intend to be faithful to my oath of office and keep working to protect the Idaho Constitution and the mandate of Idaho voters in support of traditional marriage."  We are grateful to Governor Otter for his strong stand for the sanctity of the ballot box, his unwavering support for the Constitution of the great state of Idaho, and for his support for traditional marriage.

“Just as citizens are free to redefine marriage to include same-sex relationships, so too are citizens free to retain the historic definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman — as citizens in a majority of states have done. Nothing less than the future of our society, and the course of constitutional government in the United States, are at stake." Edwin Meese III  75th Attorney General of the United States