Family Research Council Senior Fellow Ken Blackwell, former Ohio secretary of state and former Cincinnati mayor, condemned today’s announcement by Federal Judge Timothy Black that he will strike down Ohio’s marriage amendment on April 14. The ruling will force the state to recognize out-of-state same-sex “marriages.” Ohio voters passed their state’s marriage amendment in 2004. Homosexual activists also failed this week to gain enough signatures to put same-sex “marriage” on the Ohio ballot in November.
Of Judge Black’s statement Blackwell said:
“This is another example of how the will of the people is being subverted by misguided activist judges. The fact is that Ohioans affirmed natural marriage at the ballot box and will continue to resist efforts to redefine marriage. The opponents of natural marriage are frustrated by this expressed will of the people. Those seeking to redefine marriage couldn’t even muster up the signatures to get this issue on the ballot in November, where Ohioans were ready to contest it.
“Now we have a judge who has decided to sidestep the expressed and established will of the people and has assaulted their views by judicial fiat. In the vast majority of states, where the American people have been able to vote on the issue, Americans have declared their support for natural marriage. Meanwhile, it’s been activist judges who have continually assaulted the will of the people and redefined marriage. Hopefully the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals will have more respect for the people of Ohio.”