Rep. Jared Polis (D-CO), who is openly gay, on Friday introduced a bill to keep Rep. Steve King (R-IA) from legislating in response to a bill introduced by King related to gay marriage.
King on Wednesday introduced the “Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act of 2015,” a bill aimed at keeping federal judges from weighing in on gay marriage.
And so Polis wrote up the “Restrain Steve King from Legislating Act,” which would block King from introducing legislation related to judicial authority, the Huffington Post reported.
According to a statement form Polis’ office, “the bill would prevent Steve King from abusing taxpayer dollars by substituting the judgments of the nation’s duly serving judicial branch of government with his own beliefs.”
Polis criticized King’s efforts to interfere with the Supreme Court’s ability to rule on state same-sex marriage bans.
“For too long, Steve King has overstepped his constitutionally nonexistent judicial authority,” Polis said in the statement. “Mr. King has perverted the Constitution to create rights to things such as discrimination, bullying, and disparate treatment. These efforts to enshrine these appalling values as constitutional rights were not envisioned by the voters, or by King’s colleagues who must currently try to restrain his attempts to single-handedly rewrite the nation’s founding principles on a bill-by-bill basis.”