Hagedorn Statement on SCOTUS Marriage Ruling

Our Republic is facing a constitutional crisis perpetrated by America’s far-left and the Democrat Party.

Increasingly, the President and Supreme Court have acted as legislative bodies, usurping the powers granted Congress to write our nation’s laws.  The Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling instituting same-sex marriage – a decision applauded by “Twin Cities Tim” Walz – is the latest in a long list of extra-constitutional misconduct.

Keep in mind that leading up to the court’s sweeping gay marriage ruling, 31 states (via legislation or referendum) affirmed marriage as between one man and one woman.  Yet, five lawyers acting as an oligarchy (along with other federal judges) replaced the laws of more than 3/5ths of the states and nullified the cultural values of thousands of elected state legislators and millions of referendum-voters.

As a candidate who strongly backs the 10th Amendment, which grants states the right to govern on matters not addressed in the U.S. Constitution, the court’s decree is very troubling because it moves us further from the goal of taking power from Washington, D.C. and returning it to states and American people.

Liberals will use this victory as a weapon to, first and foremost, attack Christian organizations and attempt to police the thoughts and actions of those who disagree.

The centerpiece of the Democrat Party’s agenda will be a full-frontal assault on America’s religious institutions and the church leaders who preach relevant Scripture and teach that marriage is between one man and one woman.

At this critical point in time, we must vehemently defend religious worship and stymie any attempt to use the court’s marriage decision to attack religion.  We must always protect the God-given right of religious people to worship freely, without government harassment and coercion.

I support passage of an amendment to the U.S. Constitution further clarifying and expanding application of the First Amendment. A draft of my proposed amendment follows:

No religious institution or religious official shall be compelled to perform any religious service or ceremony on behalf of any person or persons; the government shall not impose a financial burden, including but not limited to a penalty, fine or discontinuance of tax-exempt status, upon any religious institution or religious official for failure to sanction or validate marital unions other than between one man and one woman.

We must protect our churches, church leaders and our right to worship.  We must proactively defend our First Amendment liberties. You can count on me to fight for you and protect our freedom of religion, freedom of speech and all of the fundamental freedoms endowed to us by our Creator.