Rep. Blackburn: Scrutinize DOMA Ruling Before Next Move

Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 06:19 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn says she is disappointed with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act and will scrutinize the historic ruling to decide how opponents of same-sex marriage should proceed.

"We're still looking at the opinions and the dissents and the positioning on [the ruling]," the Tennessee Republican said on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"You can say on one hand, yes, they struck down DOMA, and on another, it looks as if they're coming out big-time for state's rights. So of course I'm disappointed in it," Blackburn said. "I support DOMA and would like to have seen that stand. I fully believe in marriage as being between one man and one woman."

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday handed a significant victory to gay-rights advocates by recognizing that married gay men and women are eligible for federal benefits and paving the way for same-sex marriage in California.

Blackburn, vice chairwoman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, said she does not know if, with DOMA overturned, it will lead to such practices as polygamy, in which a person has multiple partners.

"I don’t know. ... [I'm] disappointed in it, needless to say, but we will always — as we always do — we will pick up, we'll move on, we'll fight harder," she said.

The future of the country without DOMA, she said, may be a question of informing people about precisely what it means.

"We believe in and [will] try to do a better job in educating people, and what we might see is more of our states taking up legislation," she said.


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