Sen. Jeff Sessions on SCOTUS: “The Supreme Court has become a Supreme Legislature”

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) grilled attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch on immigration during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee January 28, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage, a senior member of the Judiciary Committee — Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) — said, “The Supreme Court has become a Supreme Legislature.”

“They have not only rewritten the laws of the 50 United States, but have redefined a sacred and ancient institution,” Sessions said in a press release.

He said the Framers set out only two ways of amending the Constitution. One way is an amendment that must be proposed by either a two-thirds vote in the House or the Senate. The other way is through a constitutional convention ordered by at least two-thirds of the 50 states.

“They did not authorize judges to amend the Constitution,” said Sessions. “Five judges have neither the moral nor legal authority to decide for themselves that the heritage which gave birth to our nation should be supplanted with their own fleeting views of contemporary events.”

He said the court acted with “supreme arrogance” by ruling against the men and women who have voted in all 50 states.

“When a society begins to strike its shared faith and traditions from every place of respect, a new faith always takes its place. Where the family is not the center of American life, government is,” warned Sessions. “Today’s ruling is part of a continuing effort to secularize, by force and intimidation, a society that would not exist but for the faith which inspired people to sail across unknown waters and trek across unknown frontiers.”

Sessions says this type of action must end.

“All who seek high office—whether legislative or executive—must pledge to curtail these abuses and support only the nomination of those who will do the same,” he said. “The American people are losing the power to control those who seek to control them.”

“In a single week we have seen the Congress surrender its legislative authority through fast-track, we have seen the Court rewrite the dictionary to protect Obamacare, and we have seen unelected judges rewrite the Constitution in order to impose the will of five on 300 million,” he concluded. “But whether these progressive victories are transient, or permanent, depends on us.”


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