Olens: Georgia's gay marriage ban will remain in place

5:42 PM, Jun 26, 2013   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- In a statement late Wednesday morning, Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens said the state's ban on gay marriage will remain in place, despite the overturning of the federal Defense of Marriage Act by the US Supreme Court.

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Olens said he disagreed with the high court's decision.

"Today, the Supreme Court of the United States held 5-4 that Congress violated equal protection when it defined marriage for federal purposes differently from the way the State of New York defined it. I disagree with the Court's decision. But it is important to understand what the decision does and does not mean.

Today's decision rests on the basic assumption - with which I strongly agree - that the power to define marriage is a power traditionally reserved to the States. The decision does not affect existing state definitions of marriage; in fact, it explicitly says that it is limited to marriages recognized by states as lawful. I agree with the Chief Justice that this limitation means what it says. The definition of marriage adopted by Georgia's voters is unaffected by today's decision."

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