The citizens of Arizona who voted in favor of retaining traditional marriage in the Grand Canyon state have been “silenced.”  That’s according to Arizona’s Senate Leadership that have released a statement on the supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states.  A statement released by Senator

Andy Biggs of Tucson, Majority leader, Senator Steve Yarbrough and Majority Whip, Senator Gail Griffin, reads “Today’s 5-4 ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court to redefine marriage is an affront to the millions of Americans who believe marriage is between a man and a woman.  The ruling strips away the voices of the majority who have supported traditional marriage.  Those citizens have now been silenced because of the opinion of five justices, who have ignored the Constitution and decided that in this democratic republic, they should define marriage, and not the people and their elected representatives.

We agree with Chief Justice Roberts, who said in his dissent, ‘Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage’. Justice Scalia, in a separate dissenting opinion is correct when he says ‘This practice of constitutional revision by an unelected committee of nine, always accompanied by extravagant praise of liberty, robs the People of the most important liberty they asserted in the Declaration of Independence and won in the Revolution of 1776: the freedom to govern themselves’.  It is disheartening that the Court has taken away long-held political processes, so sacred in this country, and instead determined the definition of marriage on its own, with no legal basis.”

Kris Dugan