The National Organization for Marriage is encouraging Florida officials to ignore a federal judge’s ruling striking down the state’s same-sex marriage ban and to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
NOM President Brian Brown called the ruling “illegitimate” and said officials should turn away same-sex couples seeking marriage licenses.
“It is simply illegitimate for the opinion of a federal district judge to trump the decision of millions of Floridians and attempt to redefine marriage in violation of Federal law,” Brown said in a blog post.
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“The U.S. Supreme Court has never ruled that traditional marriage is unconstitutional. In fact, they have specifically ruled that states have the right to define marriage,” said Brown. “It is a travesty of justice that states are allowing federal judges to single-handedly decide the laws of marriage.”
Last month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to block a federal judge’s ruling that the ban was unconstitutional.