Congressman Ted Yoho

Representing the 3rd District of Florida
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Yoho Statement on Obergefell v. Hodges Ruling

Jun 26, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL-03) issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges:

“The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision today is a clear demonstration of legislating from the bench. The ruling today is disappointing not only for the fact that the court has now forced states to redefine marriage but it removes  millions of Americans from the democratic process of choosing - for themselves  - what defines marriage.  While I personally hold a traditional view of marriage - between one man and one woman - the Constitution grants the People the ablity to decide whether or not to recognize same-sex marriage.

“Chief Justice Roberts makes a valid point in his dissent that I am sure is shared by many Americans, “Those who founded our country would not recognize the majority’s conception of the judicial role…And they certainly would not have been satisfied by a system empowering judges to override policy judgments so long as they do so after a quite extensive discussion.”

“With this type of legislating from the bench, what is the point of States’ rights? If we continue to go down this path what would be the point of state elections and state legislatures? I’m deeply disappointed that the Supreme Court ruled against the Constitution twice in the last week. I agree with Justice Antonin Scalia when he stated in his dissent, “A system of government that makes the People subordinate to a committee of nine unelected lawyers does not deserve to be called a democracy.”

“We cannot allow our Constitution to be eroded. I will continue to fight for States’ rights and to stop this continued Federal power grab.” 


Congressman Ted Yoho serves on the Foreign Affairs and Agriculture Committees. He represents North Florida’s 3rd Congressional District