COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN) -- A southwest Ohio lawmaker is renewing his call for the impeachment of a federal judge over his latest ruling on gay marriage in Ohio.
Judge Timothy Black indicated Friday that he would rule that Ohio would be required to recognize same-sex marriages that are legal in other states, despite a ban on them in Ohio. This is a clear violation of Article XV, Section 11 of the Ohio Constitution and the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution, according to Rep. John Becker, a Republican from Union Township in Clermont County.
"Who does he think he is to tell the people of Ohio that we're wrong and he's right?," he said.
Becker is calling for the Ohio General Assembly to pass a resolution that would ask Congress to impeach Judge Black. He says the charge would be malfeasance and abuse of power.
Voters, in 2004, approved an amendment to the Ohio Constitution defining marriage as being between one man and one woman.
The rulings stem from the cases of gay couples who were married in other states, but live in Ohio. The couples wanted to make sure their partners were listed as married on death certificates.
Becker says that federal government has an ever growing propensity to violate state sovereignty.
"That's an expanding problem with liberal judges who like to use their own political agenda to subvert the Constitution and claim the Constitution says one thing when it really says another," said Becker.
He believes that rather than the solution, the federal judiciary has been the primary problem. Federal judges are appointed for life and only the U.S. Congress can remove them.
Since 1797, there have been eight federally appointed judges removed from office and three more that resigned prior to their potential removal.