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CWA Cheers Washington Marriage Win

Contact: Lindsay Randall, Concerned Women for America, 202-488-7000 ext. 105


WASHINGTON, D.C., July 26 /Christian Newswire/ -- Concerned Women for America (CWA) commends the Washington Supreme Court today for its judicial restraint in limiting marriage in Washington State to a man and a woman and thereby preserving the traditional marriage union. In the 5-4 decision, Anderson v. King County, the court overturned two lower court decisions, which allowed for same-sex marriage even though the rulings violated the state-enacted Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). 


The court stated: “The two cases before us require us to decide whether the legislature has the power to limit marriage in Washington State to opposite-sex couples. The state constitution and controlling case law compel us to answer ‘yes,’ and we therefore reverse the trial courts.”


“We’ve been holding our breath waiting for this one and now we can celebrate another win for marriage, democracy and judicial restraint,” said Jan LaRue, CWA’s chief counsel. “The ruling is extremely important in that the court also ruled that the plaintiffs failed to ‘make a showing’ that homosexuality is an ‘immutable characteristic,’ such as race or alienage. This really undercuts their ‘civil rights’ argument. Homosexuals are not a minority class that’s ever been confined to the back of the bus or deprived of political power.”


“CWA filed an amicus brief in this case supporting traditional marriage and its crucial role it plays in our nation. CWA is very grateful for the excellent, pro-bono legal work of Washington attorney Theresa Schrempp and Prof. David DeWolf of Gonzaga School of law, primary authors of our amicus brief,” LaRue concluded.


Concerned Women for America (CWA) is the nation’s largest public policy women’s organization.