The Supreme Courts historic decisions on same-sex marriage Wednesday will have no bearing on Georgia, the states attorney general said.
Sam Olens released this statement after the high courts decisions:
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States held 5-4 that Congress violated equal protection when it defined marriage for federal purposes differently from the way the state of New York defined it. I disagree with the courts decision. But it is important to understand what the decision does and does not mean.
Todays decision rests on the basic assumption -- with which I strongly agree -- that the power to define marriage is a power traditionally reserved to the states. The decision does not affect existing state definitions of marriage; in fact, it explicitly says that it is limited to marriages recognized by states as lawful. I agree with the chief justice that this limitation means what it says. The definition of marriage adopted by Georgias voters is unaffected by todays decision.