State Representative John Becker (R-Union Township) recently sponsored House Concurrent Resolution 37, which calls on the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives John Boehner and the entire Ohio congressional delegation to initiate impeachment proceedings against Judge Timothy S. Black, United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The grounds are malfeasance and abuse of power.

In July 2013, Judge Black ordered that Ohio must recognize the “homosexual marriage” of John Arthur and James Obergefell. This is a clear violation of Article XV, Section 11 of the Ohio Constitution and the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution. Additionally in September 2013, Judge Black ordered that Ohio must recognize the “homosexual marriage” of William Herbert Ives (deceased) and David Michener.

And today, Judge Black has doubled down on his disregard for the U.S. Constitution, the Ohio Constitution, and the people of Ohio by continuing to demonstrate his incompetence. He persists in allowing his personal political bias to supersede jurisprudence by ruling that his opinion be made “permanent” regarding “homosexual marriage” being recognized on death certificates.

The federal government has an ever-growing propensity to violate state sovereignty. Although this has been a trend since the early 19th century, it has accelerated exponentially in recent decades.

Rather than the solution, the federal judiciary has been the primary problem. Federal judges are appointed for life, and the states and people (except as otherwise represented in Congress) are powerless against them. To that end, the U.S. House of Representatives has the power to impeach and the U.S. Senate has the power to remove them from office. This will begin the process of restoring state sovereignty back to the original intent of the U.S. Constitution.

The drafters of the Constitution have provided this mechanism beyond appeal for the people to remove life appointments. Since 1797, there have been eight federally appointed judges removed from office and three more that resigned prior to their potential removal.

HCR 37 has been assigned to the Judiciary Committee.

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