Before the ink was dry on the U.S. Supreme Court decision to lift bans on same-sex marriage in five states, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz came out against it. Monday the Texas legislator proposed an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to prohibit either the federal government or the U.S. Supreme Court from overturning a state’s ban on same-sex marriage.
The announcement came on the tails of the Supreme Court decision to let stand appeals court rulings to permit same-sex marriages in Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin. Cruz called the court’s decision “tragic and indefensible” and fretted that it would lead to overturning of gay marriage bans in every state. The ruling has, in fact, the potential to affect six more states, bringing the number of states which have legalized same-sex unions to 50 percent.
“When Congress returns to session, I will be introducing a constitutional amendment to prevent the federal government or the courts from attacking or striking down state marriage laws,” Cruz said. “Traditional marriage is an institution whose integrity and vitality are critical to the health of any society. We should remain faithful to our moral heritage and never hesitate to defend it.”
Most Republican politicians are choosing to take a low profile on this issue, but not Ted. The junior senator from Texas has been an outspoken supporter of the state’s gay marriage ban, which was approved as an amendment to the state’s constitution in 2005. This was ruled unconstitutional by a U.S. District Judge in February, but the ruling was immediately appealed to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.
GOP candidates who have been skirting this issue are doing a communal face-palm at this publicity. An campaign aide, who wished to remain anonymous, told TIME Magazine:
“We don’t have to agree with the decision, but as long as we’re not against it we should be okay. The base, meanwhile, will focus its anger on the Court, and not on us.”