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Ted Cruz: Same-Sex Marriage Rulings Are 'A Real Danger To Our Liberty'

03/11/2015 12:28 pm ET | Updated Mar 11, 2015

Court rulings upholding marriage equality are "a real danger to our liberty," Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said in a radio interview Monday.

In response, Cruz told WHO radio host Jan Mickelson, he plans to introduce a constitutional amendment to allow states to ban same-sex marriage.

"We have seen judges, and especially the Supreme Court, ignoring the law," Cruz said. He later added, “If the courts were following the Constitution, we shouldn’t need a new amendment, but they are, as you put it quite rightly, 'making it up' right now and it’s a real danger to our liberty."

His proposed amendment would leave the decision of how to handle marriage up to the states. It would ensure "that the federal government and unelected judges cannot set aside the democratically elected legislatures' reasonable decisions to enact and protect traditional marriage," he said.

Cruz mentioned just such a constitutional amendment last month when he reintroduced a Senate bill that aims to allow states to decide how to define marriage.

The Supreme Court plans to hear cases involving same-sex marriage and the states this term, and is expected to announce its findings on the issue by June.

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