Sen. Ted Cruz discussed marriage on Des Moines’ Mickelson in the Morning radio show this past Monday, March 9:
Look, unfortunately, we have seen judges, and especially the Supreme Court, ignoring the law and making it up… What I have already pledged that I will do is introduce a constitutional amendment to make absolutely clear that marriage is a question for the states. And if the citizens of the State of Iowa or the citizens of the State of Texas want to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman, that the states have the constitutional authority to do so and that the federal government and unelected judges cannot set aside the democratically elected legislature’s reasonable decisions to enact and protect traditional marriage.
Cruz made it clear that the Tenth Amendment, which protects the power of the states, should make a new amendment unnecessary. He stated:
If the courts were following the Constitution we shouldn’t need a new amendment, but they are, as you put it quite rightly, making it up right now, and it is a real danger to our liberty.
Cruz’s strong position on marriage should help him with Iowa evangelicals. But given how difficult it is to pass a federal Constitutional amendment, will he also pledge to pass the Marriage and Religious Freedom Act (MARFA)?
Joshua Pinho works for American Principles in Action.