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Kingston Responds to Supreme Court Ruling


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Courts' ruling today on the Defense of Marriage Act:

"Today's ruling is a disappointment to those of us who believe in the traditional definition of marriage being between one man and one woman. It is also of great concern to those of us who believe in the traditional role of the court. The more the judicial branch creeps into an activist role, the more it defies the will of the people as expressed through their elected representatives and President.

"The Defense of Marriage Act was passed by overwhelming bipartisan majorities in both houses of Congress and signed into law by President Clinton. By overturning it without cause, the Court today stepped beyond the constitutional limits to its power."

The Defense of Marriage Act (Public Law 104-199) was passed by the U.S. House on July 12, 1996 by a vote of 342-67 and the U.S. Senate on September 10 of that year by a vote of 85-14. It was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on September 21, 1996.

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