Richard Cash says Graham Should be held Accountable for Supreme Court ruling on Marriage
|Elena Kagan with Lindsey Graham, her only Republican supporter on the Judiciary Committee.|
Anderson, SC - Once again, activist judges on the Supreme Court have undermined our political process by striking down part of the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA), enacted in 1996. By a 5-4 decision the justices ruled that benefits for married federal employees must be extended to same-sex couples in states that allow same-sex marriage, invalidating the section of DOMA which defined marriage as the legal union between one man and one woman for federal purposes.
In his dissenting opinion, Justice Scalia noted that the majority opinion was based on, “an assertion of judicial supremacy over the people’s Representatives in Congress and the Executive. It envisions a Supreme Court standing (or rather enthroned) at the apex of government, empowered to decide all constitutional questions, always and every-where ‘primary’ in its role.”
Predictably, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, appointed by President Obama, sided with the majority opinion. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham expressed his disappointment with the ruling, noting that the American people, through their elected representatives, should be deciding such fundamental issues, not unelected judges.
Businessman Richard Cash, Graham’s only declared opponent, noted the irony of Graham’s comments, given that Senator Graham was the only Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee to vote for either Sotomayor or Kagan. Cash said, “This DOMA ruling needs to be laid squarely at the feet of Senator Graham. He alone among the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee voted for Sotomayor and Kagan, knowing that they had records of judicial activism. You cannot claim to be a Constitutional conservative while voting for those who consistently exceed their Constitutional authority.”
Cash continued, “The framers of the Constitution intended for a rigorous process of ‘advice and consent.’ When voting on Supreme Court nominees, however, Senator Graham has proven himself to be a failure, consenting to justices who do not adhere to interpreting the Constitution according to original intent. On this issue Senator Graham is a moderate at best, out of touch with the conservative base of the Republican Party, and way out of touch with South Carolina voters. If Graham was from New York or California he might get away with this, but voters in South Carolina will hold him accountable.”
Richard is a graduate of Furman University with a degree in Economics and Business Administration. He has worked professionally as a computer programmer and analyst, served full time as a pro-life missionary, and volunteered as a youth coach and athletic director. He is the founder and owner of two small businesses, which he has operated for the past 14 years. Richard and Marcia have been married for 28 years. In 2010, Richard ran for US Congress in the third district. After winning the primary over a field of 6 candidates, he narrowly lost a runoff to Rep. Jeff Duncan.