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Romney and Gingrich slam Prop. 8 ruling

Romney and Gingrich slam Prop. 8 ruling

Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich don't seem to agree on much these days as they slug it out for the Republican nomination for president.

But one thing the did agree on Tuesday was that the The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overstepped when it upheld a lower court's ruling that California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages is unconstitutional.

'Court of Appeals overturning CA's Prop 8 another example of an out of control judiciary. Let's end judicial supremacy,' Gingrich wrote on Twitter.

Romney said the case is about 'preserving values' in a statement to the Washington Post.

'Today, unelected judges cast aside the will of the people of California who voted to protect traditional marriage,' Romney stated. 'This decision does not end this fight, and I expect it to go to the Supreme Court.'

He added: 'I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and, as president, I will protect traditional marriage and appoint judges who interpret the Constitution as it is written and not according to their own politics and prejudices.'

Update: Romney and Gingrich's rival for the Republican nomination, Rick Santorum, tweeted his displeasure with the ruling: '7M Californians had their rights stripped away today by activist 9th Circuit judges. As president I will work to protect marriage.'

President Barack Obama had no official reaction to the court ruling.

'I don’t have a comment on litigation in general and in this litigation to which we are not a party,' White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. 'Beyond that, I can say that the President has long opposed, as you know, divisive and discriminatory efforts to deny rights and benefits to same-sex couples.'