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Dr. Coburn's Statement on DOMA Ruling


Location: Washington, DC

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today regarding the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act:

"In its ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act, I'm disappointed the Supreme Court made a decision that overrides the clear intent of two branches of government. With this decision, five judges have violated the freedom of conscience of millions of Americans. Regardless of what people believe about this issue, it should be resolved by We the People, not the Courts. Our nation was fully capable of resolving this issue without the Court's cultural and moral commentary. By taking sides in this debate, the Supreme Court has discouraged any American who believes marriage is a union between one man and one woman from legislating -- and even thinking -- differently from the Court.

"Even though the Court refrained from striking down state laws like the one in Oklahoma, those laws are far from safe. As Justice Scalia wrote, "By formally declaring anyone opposed to same-sex marriage an enemy of human decency, the majority arms well every challenger to a state law restricting marriage to its traditional definition.'"

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