Gov. Perry: Judge Overturned ‘Will Of Our Citizens’ On Gay Marriage

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February 26, 2014 4:02 p.m.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) disagrees with a federal judge’s ruling that the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional.

“Texans spoke loud and clear by overwhelmingly voting to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman in our Constitution, and it is not the role of the federal government to overturn the will of our citizens,” Perry said.

Perry shared his stance in a statement Wednesday afternoon after U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Garcia also issued a stay on the ruling so the ban will remain in place for now.

“The 10th Amendment guarantees Texas voters the freedom to make these decisions, and this is yet another attempt to achieve via the courts what couldn’t be achieved at the ballot box. We will continue to fight for the rights of Texans to self-determine the laws of our state.”

State Sen. Wendy Davis (D), meanwhile, is “pleased” with the decision. Davis is the likely Democratic nominee for governor.”

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