Following U.S. District Judge Joseph Tauro’s finding of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional, Moran issued the following statement in support of traditional marriage.
“Family is the foundational institution of our nation and marriage is its cornerstone. Marriage is, and should only be defined as a union between one man and one woman. I strongly support the Defense of Marriage Act and have voted to amend the U.S. Constitution to protect the institution of marriage,” said Moran.
“In spite of the fact that Americans have made it clear they want to preserve marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman, activist judges seem intent upon defining marriage as they see fit. I strongly urge the U.S. Department of Justice to appeal Judge Tauro’s ruling so it might be reversed and the institution of marriage protected.”
In his ruling, Tauro declares the third part of DOMA concluding that there is no “rational basis” to support DOMA and that DOMA could only have been motivated by “irrational prejudice” and “animus.”
The ruling opens up the flood gates for lawsuits and arguments for traditional marriage and individual rights and also pegs conservatives- who want limited federal oversight but rely on Washington to keep traditional marriage intact- between a rock and a hard spot. The issue will surely make its way through the Justice system, likely ending up on the doorstep on the Supreme Court.