Same-sex marriages began taking place in Arizona on Friday (17 October) but one person not celebrating is the state’s Republican governor Jan Brewer.
Brewer issued a blistering statement slamming a ruling by US District Court Judge John Sedwick who found that last week’s decision by The Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit striking down marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho also applies to Arizona.
‘It is not only disappointing, but also deeply troubling, that unelected federal judges can dictate the laws of individual states, create rights based on their personal policy preferences and supplant the will of the people in an area traditionally left to the states for more than two hundred years,’ Brewer stated.
Arizona voters passed a constitutional amendment in 2008 which banned same-sex marriage in the state.
‘Simply put, courts should not be in the business of making and changing laws based on their personal agendas,’ Brewer also stated. ‘It is not the role of the judiciary to determine that same-sex marriages should be allowed.
‘Historically and traditionally, that power belongs to the states, and to the people. If society wants to recognize same-sex marriage or civil unions, that decision should be made through our elected representatives or at the ballot – not the courts.’