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United States Sen. Chuck Grassley was asked about efforts to codify homosexual marriage after the U.S. House passed a bill to codify same-sex marriage, repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and force all states to recognize what is a “marriage” in any state.

Grassley blamed Justice Clarence Thomas for the topic being discussed.


“I think that Justice Thomas made this an issue that it doesn’t have to be an issue,” Grassley said. “He said prospectively Congress, or the Supreme Court, might review some of those old cases. But he’s the only one that said that. In fact, there was another justice, Kavanaugh, that said that isn’t anything you’re going to have to worry about. It would take at least four justices to review any of those older decisions, and that isn’t going to happen.”

Grassley said there are “no known challenges” at all on “these issues.”

“All these are now law of the land and none of them are being challenged,” Grassley said. “It’s something that we’re going through now. I don’t think we should have to do it because it’s the law of the land and nobody has to worry about same-sex marriages being legal and constitutional. One and one-tenth million people have entered into those sorts of arrangements and it seems to me that that’s a consideration that you’ve got to take into consideration as well. So, if it hadn’t been for Justice Thomas raising this issue not in the main opinion but in his sidebar opinion — what you can a concurrence opinion — we wouldn’t even be talking about this today.”

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  1. Senator Grassley and I disagree. Same-sex marriage is the “law of the land” just like Roe v. Wade WAS the law of the land. Justice Thomas is right. There are a number of activist Supreme Court decisions that need be reviewed.


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