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Statement on California Supreme Court Ruling on Proposition 22

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Location: Washington, DC

Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon (R-Santa Clarita) issued the following statement today condemning California's Supreme Court decision to overturn Proposition 22, which in 2000 was approved by 61% of voters to protect traditional marriage:

"I am extremely disappointed in today's decision by the California Supreme Court to step outside the bounds of its duty to the overturn what a majority of Californians voted to approve eight years ago. In this case, it appears partisan politics and personal opinions are taking precedence over the rule of law; and that's an alarming turn of events.

"I realize the issue of marriage is a deeply emotional and personal one for Californians and Americans, but under no circumstance should the courts be allowed to show such utter disregard for the democratic process. The people spoke when they democratically voted in support of Proposition 22. I, too, define marriage as being between a man and a woman and will work in support of a constitutional fix to reverse this court decision."

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