Federal Resolution Disagreeing with SCOTUS opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges (H.Res. 359)
This law was last updated on Nov 7, 2018
H.Res. 359 declares that the House of Representatives disagrees with the Supreme Court’s majority opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges and its holdings that the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution requires states to license marriages between same-sex couples and requires states to recognize same-sex marriages performed out-of-state.
The resolution further declares that the House of Representatives agrees with the four dissenting opinions, which “uphold the traditional definition of marriage as a union between one man and one woman and the original meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
The resolution expresses the sense of the House that:
- the traditional definition of marriage is a union between one man and one woman;
- the majority opinion in Obergefell unconstitutionally and indefensibly distorts the definition of marriage;
- states may refuse to be bound by the holding in Obergefell;
- states are not required to license same-sex marriage or recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states; and
- individuals, businesses, churches, religious groups, and other faith-based organizations are encouraged, empowered, and protected to exercise their faith without fear of legal or government interference.