Um… Actual Lawyer Ted Cruz Tells Texas to Ignore Gay Marriage Ruling Because It Doesn’t Apply to Them
Appearing on NPR, Republican presidential candidate and actual real life lawyer, who once even clerked for the Supreme Court, claimed that his home state of Texas can simply ignore last week’s Supreme Court ruling that effectively legalized same-sex marriage nationwide.
“Article III of the Constitution gives the court the authority to resolve cases and controversies. Those cases and controversies, when they’re resolved, when you’re facing a judicial order, the parties to that suit are bound to it,” Cruz asserted. “Those who are not parties to the suit are not bound to it.”
The case of Obergefell v. Hodges dealt specifically with Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan, and Tennessee, and Cruz, who actually has a law degree from Harvard, says it only applies to those states.
By the same logic, Brown v. Board of Education only desegregated schools in Topeka, Roe v. Wade only legalized abortion in Dallas, and Bush v. Gore only made George W. Bush president of Florida.
Cruz went on to say that “parties to a case cannot ignore a direct judicial order. But it does not mean that those who are not parties to case are bound by a judicial order.”
“And that’s what Justice Scalia was saying in his dissent,” Cruz continued. “The court defends upon the remainder of government trusting that it is faithfully applying the law and – and these judges and justices are disregarding their oaths.”
“In both the Obamacare decision and the marriage decision, the justices decided that they wanted to re-write federal law and re-write the Constitution,” Cruz added. “That’s not the way our Constitution operates, and, and it is a sad moment for the court when you have judges seizing authority that does not belong to them.”
Sore loser, much?