MIDLAND, MI — The state lawmaker who represents portions of Midland and Bay counties said he is "disappointed" at the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage that was handed down Friday, June 26.
State Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Larkin Township, criticized the court's decision to strike down Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage as an "unconstitutional usurpation of legislative power" and promised to continuing to "resist the obvious and ever-increasing threat to our religious freedom that follows."
The Supreme Court issued the ruling shortly after 10 a.m. Friday, June 26, striking down the Michigan law passed by voters in 2004 that limited marriage to heterosexual couples.
In a statement released Friday afternoon, Glenn points out he coauthored the Michigan Marriage Protection Amendment to the state's Constitution, passed by voters in 2004.
"I agree with Chief Justice John Roberts' dissent that this newly-fabricated 'right' to redefine marriage 'has no basis in the Constitution' or any prior decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, but is based instead on five unelected lawyers' 'open desire to remake society' as they in their unconstitutional usurpation of legislative power see fit," he wrote in the statement.
Glenn went on to say he believes that desire on behalf of some of the justices effectively undid something that was made law directly by Michigan voters.
"In this case, five unelected lawyers said they know better than the 2.7 million Michigan voters who overwhelmingly voted to add a Marriage Protection Amendment to our state constitution," he wrote.
Glenn went on to write, quoting Justice Samuel Alito dissenting opinion, that the court's decision will "be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to agree" with the decision.
"Americans of good faith who believe that marriage is between one man and one woman are already routinely vilified and threatened with loss of livelihood and liberty," he wrote.
Shortly after the Supreme Court issued its ruling, Glenn posted on Facebook a quote from Abraham Lincoln that warns against a powerful Supreme Court:
"If the policy of the government upon vital questions affecting the whole people is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made in ordinary litigation between parties in personal actions, the people will have ceased to be their own rulers, having to that extent practically resigned their government into the hands of that eminent tribunal." -- Abraham Lincoln, First Inaugural Address
"That day has arrived," Glenn said.
"As a Christian, husband, and father who believes that God ordained marriage between one man and one woman, I'm disappointed for my country and future generations, but certainly not surprised by the unlimited power these five unelected lawyers have assumed for themselves in our modern legal culture."
Despite the defeat of Michigan's ban, Glenn said there is a certain pride that comes with having something he coauthored take its "last stand" before the highest court in the land.
"I only wish I could have done more," he said. "I will continue to do all I can to resist the obvious and ever-increasing threat to our religious freedom that follows."
Glenn was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives by voters of the 98th District in November 2014.
The 98th House District includes the city of Midland and Larkin, Lincoln, Homer, Midland, Lee and Jerome townships in southern Midland County and the cities of Pinconning and Auburn and Gibson, Mount Forest, Pinconning, Garfield, Fraser, Beaver and Williams townships in western and northern Bay County.