GOP Introduces Bill to Undermine Federal Courts
Once again, the GOP shows how much they love the Constitution by having Steve King introduce a bill which would remove the ability for Federal Courts to hear any case involving marriage equality and other conservative issues:
“For too long, federal courts have overstepped their constitutionally limited duty to interpret the Constitution.” King said in a news release. “Rather, federal courts have perverted the Constitution to make law and create constitutional rights to things such as privacy, birth control, and abortion. These Unenumerated, so-called constitutionally-protected rights were not envisioned by our Founding Fathers.”
King’s bill strips way Article III of the Constitution, which gives federal courts the jurisdiction to hear or decide any question pertaining to the interpretation of, or the validity under the Constitution of, any type of marriage. The bill also prohibits federal funds from being used for any litigation in, or enforcement of any order or judgment by, any federal court.
It should come as no surprise that King didn’t come up with this on his own:
The actual idea for the bill comes from virulent homophobe Janet Porter.
But how can we affect the Supreme Court? Good question. Article 3, Section 2 of the Constitution provides the answer: “The Supreme Court shall have appellate jurisdiction…with such exceptions…as the Congress shall make.”
The marriage case before the Supreme Court is an appellate case-that means Congress can make exceptions-or remove jurisdiction before they can redefine marriage!
We have a sponsor in Congress drafting the legislation right now to restrain the judges.
The lengths these people will go to deny people their basic rights and push their theocratic dogma is sickening.