Foxx Statement on Supreme Court Decision Redefining Marriage
Washington, June 26, 2015
WASHINGTON – Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision to redefine the definition of marriage:
“Two years ago the Supreme Court insisted that marriage was a policy decision that properly belonged to the states, but today they have imposed a redefinition of marriage nationwide. This decision undermines the ability of states to set public policy within their borders as voters in North Carolina overwhelmingly did in 2012. I’m also extremely concerned about the threat this ruling poses to the conscience rights of people and organizations who believe that marriage is the union of one man and one woman. I will do everything in my power to defend these rights and protect the sacred institution of marriage.”
The Supreme Court found in favor of the plaintiffs in Obergefell v. Hodges who argued that states are required to license a marriage between two people of the same sex under the 14th Amendment and recognize those marriages performed out-of-state.
U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and is the elected Republican Conference Secretary. Dr. Foxx is the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and serves as Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee.