Cruz says marriage equality, like abortion, should be left to states

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday said Obergefell V. Hodges, the 2015 U.S. Supreme Court precedent that legalized same-sex marriage, should be overturned with states left to decide their own marriage laws.

On his podcast “Verdict with Ted Cruz,” the Texas lawmaker compared Obergefell to Roe V. Wade, which the Supreme Court overturned last month, ending 50 years of the constitutional right to abortion.

“Obergefell, like Roe V. Wade, ignored two centuries of our nation’s history,” Cruz said, arguing that marriage had always been left to the states, and the democratic process should have been allowed to continue at the state level.

“If you succeeded in convincing your fellow citizens, then your state would change the laws,” he said. “In Obergefell, the court said, ‘No, we know better than you.'”

“And now every state must sanction and permit gay marriage,” he added. “I think that decision was clearly wrong when it decided. It was the court overreaching.”

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who voted to overturn Roe V. Wade, wrote in his concurring opinion the court should reconsider Obergefell V. Hodges and two other precedents creating the right to contraception and the right to privacy in the bedroom.

In his argument, Thomas questioned the Due Process Clause in the Fourteenth Amendment, which gives Americans the right to life and liberty without undue interference from the government. It has often been interpreted as a right to privacy.

Thomas’ call to reconsider those cases shocked human rights activists and led to a petition to impeach him, which has so far collected more than one million signatures.

Cruz last month called the overturning of Roe V. Wade a “massive victory for life,” adding that the ruling itself did not make abortion illegal, though it has allowed states to do so.

“What this decision does is leave abortion policy up to the states and returns power to the American people—which is exactly how questions of abortion were handled before Roe,” he said.

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