By Meghashyam Mali - 06/26/11 01:54 PM EDT
On Sunday, GOP presidential contender Rep. Michele Bachmann said she would support a federal constitutional amendment which would overturn New York state's new law legalizing gay marriage and similar laws in other states.
Rep. Bachmann claimed that while New York's new law approving same-sex marriages which was signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Friday was "up to the people of New York", the debate over defining marriage was "a state issue and a federal issue." She added that "federal law will trump state law on this issue."
"States have, under the 10th Amendment, the right to pass any law they
like. Also, federal officials at the federal level have the right to
also put forth a constitutional amendment", said Bachmann.
She said her support for states' rights as well as a federal amendment was "entirely consistent".
While it was "best to let the people decide" by placing marriage amendments on the ballot, Bachmann argued the split in state rulings and the federal government's interest in the issue compelled a federal amendment to resolve the debate.
"One thing that we do know on marriage, this issue will ultimately end up
in the courts, in the Supreme Court. I do not believe the judges
should be legislating from the bench," said Bachmann.