Hagel Applauds Federal Appeals Court Ruling Reinstating Nebraska’s Constitutional Provision Banning Same-Sex Marriage
July 14th, 2006 - Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE) released the following statement this afternoon in support of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit’s ruling which reinstated Nebraska’s constitutional provision banning same-sex marriage:Technorati tags: Senator Chuck Hagel, Gay Marriage, Nebraksa
“The federal appeals court has reinstated Nebraska’s constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, re-affirmed the right of Nebraskans to determine their own laws governing marriage, and has found there is no constitutional right to same-sex marriage. I support Nebraska’s constitutional provision and I support this long-awaited and common-sense decision by the 8th Circuit. States have always had jurisdiction over marriage laws. Today’s ruling should not come as a surprise. Every other ruling by state appeals courts or federal courts on this issue has upheld the authority of states to define their own definition of marriage,” Hagel said.