Much of the hearing, however, centered on the recent case of Obergefell v. Hodges , which established a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.
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In fact, John Eastman, who serves as chairman of the board of the National Organization for Marriage NOM — a group with the primary goal of limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples — was one of three panelists called to testify before the subcommittee. In order to correct what Cruz views as a series of decisions that have no basis in the U.
Constitution, not restore or strengthen it. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal , knowing that to whatever hands confided, with corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots.
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They are construing our constitution from a co-ordination of a general and special government to a general and supreme one alone. A judiciary independent of a king or executive alone, is a good thing; but independence of the will of the nation is a solecism, at least in a republican government. That body, like gravity, ever acting with noiseless foot and unalarming advance, gaining ground step by step and holding what it gains, is engulfing insidiously the special governments into the jaws of that which feeds them.
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Experience, however, soon showed in what way they were to become the most dangerous; that the insufficiency of the means provided for their removal gave them a freehold and irresponsibility in office ; that their decisions, seeming to concern individual suitors only, pass silent and unheeded by the public at large; that these decisions, nevertheless, become law by precedent, sapping, by little and little, the foundations of the constitution , and working its change by construction, before any one has perceived that that invisible and helpless worm has been busily employed in consuming its substance.