Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange says America’s founders would not have approved of the current members of the Supreme Court making decisions on issues such as same-sex marriage.
Strange questioned the Northeast upbringing and Ivy League backgrounds of many of the justices, arguing Saturday that they are not representative of Alabama citizens, AL.com reports. Strange spoke at the Madison County Republican Men’s Club monthly breakfast in Huntsville.
“Who’s going to make the decisions for the citizens of this country?” he asked. “Is it going to be the citizens or nine people?”
Strange said later he was not questioning the court’s legitimacy, but trying to point out its power.
Strange, a Republican, filed a brief with the Supreme Court last month asking it to leave in place a lower court’s decision letting several states continue defining marriage as a union of a man and a woman.
He said he is among 27 conservative state attorneys general who are acting as a “last line of defense” against President Barack Obama, who he said has exceeded his authority by signing executive orders on immigration and EPA regulation for coal plants, among other issues.
Strange received a standing ovation after his speech.
Republished with permission of The Associated Press.