Ken Paxton

Attorney General Ken Paxton delivers remarks at the Defense of Texas Marriage Amendment Rally

Monday, March 23, 2015 – Austin, Texas

*Note: The general often deviates from prepared remarks. 

Thank you, and I am proud to stand with each and every one of you this afternoon. I’d like to start by thanking Dr. Steve Hotze for everything he’s done to make today possible, and for everything his organization has done in defense of traditional Texas values.

For those who ask why we fight so hard to protect marriage the answer is simple: Marriage is society’s most pro-child institution. In the arms of a mom and a dad a child finds the best chance at love, protection, and security.

That’s why we work so hard to encourage healthy, traditional marriages the kinds of solid relationships where children do best. All of our debates, all of our discussions should circle back to that fundamental fact: Children do better with both mom and dad in a loving relationship at home.

But within that vital discussion lies another one that’s also vital to our character as Americans. The Constitution as affirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court leaves it to the states to decide how to define marriage. In Texas, we defined marriage by a vote of the people and more than three out of every four Texans voted to define marriage as one man and one woman. The people of our state could not have spoken more clearly on this issue, and that must count for something.

In Washington, however, they’re turning a deaf ear to us. Recently, for example, the Obama Administration decided to ignore the will of Texans and impose new rules on agencies mandating them to make sick and family leave available for same-sex couples who were married in another state.

This was a direct assault on the rule of law in Texas, and a broadside against the values that Texas votes have stood for time and time again.

Last week, my office filed an injunction to stop them from unilaterally rewriting Texas law just months after we fought for our definition of marriage in front of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth District, and we will continue to lead the fight against the sort of “executive office activism” that is becoming the trademark of the Obama Administration.

State and federal courts should not, and must not, utterly disregard the will of the people of Texas in their rush to redefine marriage as they see fit. As long as we remain under assault my office will continue to defend the sacred institution of marriage and work to safeguard the wellbeing and the future of the children of Texas.

God bless you and may God continue to bless Texas.