Former New York Governor George Pataki will be in Iowa today. Pataki is expected to deliver a sweltering criticism of President Obama’s first three months in office when he speaks tonight at the American Future Fund’s lecture series at Drake University.
In a conference call yesterday with reporters, Pataki came out strongly in support of traditional marriage. Kay Henderson, the News Director of Radio Iowa, asked Pataki about same-sex marriage which is and issue here and in Pataki’s home state of New York. Below is Pataki’s answer to Henderson’s question:
“I happen to believe that marriage is between a man and a woman. That was the law in New York when I was there and it’s still the law today and I think it is the appropriate law,” Pataki said.
“But I think there is another issue here and that is the whole question of judicial activism…The governor is proposing legislation, it’s passed the state assembly — that’s the way to make policy determinations. You want to have the elected representatives of the people vote when you’re making important policy decisions. You don’t want — in most cases — unelected judges, unaccountable judges declare by dictate what they believe policy should be. When that happens, we have removed the elected representatives of the people from their primary role which is to determine policy and pass legislation.
“So on the issue itself I think marriage is between a man and a woman and should continue to be between a man and a woman. On what happened when a court determines otherwise…whether you agree with the decision, whether agree with the action they took or not, it is wrong for the judiciary to overstep its appropriate role and to take away from the elected officials their right to set the policy of the state and our country.”
Henderson also asked Pataki about the recent comments by McCain advisor Steve Schmidt, who recently came out in favor of same-sex marriage and wants Republicans to drop the issue. You can read Pataki’s answer on Henderson’s blog by clicking here.
When asked if his visit to Iowa indicates that he might be looking to run for President in 2012, Pataki said that he wants to help the Americans Future Fund elect conservative candidates in 2009 and 2010.
The American Future Fund Lecture Series is open to the public.
American Future Fund Lecture Series
Featuring Former New York Governor George Pataki
Wednesday, April 22, 2009, 7 p.m.
Drake University Law School
Cartright Hall, Room 213
2621 Carpenter Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa
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