ND Legislator Explains His Vote Against Marriage Equality to Lesbian Constituent

David Clemens

Yesterday, the North Dakota State Senate shot down a bill that would have updated state law to reflect the reality of same-sex marriages. Several parts of state law still refer exclusively to “husband and wife,” even though married couples aren’t exclusively husband and wife anymore.

A woman who is married to a woman asked her state senator in West Fargo to explain his vote against her rights.

Republican Sen. David Clemens responded that he based his vote on his “personal view of man/woman marriage” and believed the “10th Amendment” supported his position.

This is same David Clemens who lamented on Facebook in 2013 that “the sodomites can be married by the sodomites.”

Here is his full response:

“I appreciate your response to my vote on SB2043. My no vote was based on my personal view of man/woman marriage and also on the 10th Amendment to the United States Constitution. The 10th Amendment states, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” The Constitution does not address marriage and therefore it is not the responsibility of the Federal Government, but of the States. In addition, the Federal Government has not mandated the language change you prefer and no lawsuit would be likely.”

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