April 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm EDT | by Chris Johnson
Rep. King introduces bill to bar courts from ruling on marriage

Rep. Steve King (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Rep. Steve King (Blade photo by Michael Key)

Less than a week before the Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments in pending marriage litigation, an anti-gay lawmaker has introduced legislation in the U.S. House aimed at stripping the judiciary of its authority to hear litigation related to marriage.

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) on Wednesday introduced the measure, known as the Restrain the Judges on Marriage Act, saying it would prevent federal courts from hearing marriage cases.

“For too long, federal courts have overstepped their constitutionally limited duty to interpret the Constitution.” King said in a statement. “Rather, federal courts have perverted the Constitution to make law and create constitutional rights to things such as privacy, birth control, and abortion. These unenumerated, so-called constitutionally-protected rights were not envisioned by our Founding Fathers.”

The measure have two main functions: (1) Prohibiting federal courts from deciding any question pertaining to the interpretation of marriage under the U.S. Constitution and (2) prohibiting the use of federal funds for the enforcement of judgments from the court of the validity of marriage.

“I urge the House to bring this bill to the Floor,” King said. “If passed, my bill would stop the Court from destroying traditional marriage and preserve the votes of millions of voters in States that have passed bans on same-sex marriage.”

King has a reputation for being an anti-LGBT lawmaker as a member of Congress. On the Human Rights Campaign’s most recent congressional scorecard, he’s earned scored of “0” out of possible 100. King introduced legislation on the House floor to reaffirm the Defense of Marriage Act and touted his anti-gay credentials at the Values Voter Summit hosted by the Family Research Council.

Oral arguments are set for Tuesday on pending marriage cases before the Supreme Court, which is expected to make a nationwide ruling on the issue of same-sex nuptials by the end of June.

Chris Johnson is Chief Political & White House Reporter for the Washington Blade. Johnson is a member of the White House Correspondents' Association. Follow Chris

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