[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/03/art.steele.gi.jpg caption="Michael Steele is one of several Republicans criticizing the Iowa Supreme Court ruling."](CNN) - Republicans are sharply criticizing the Iowa Supreme Court ruling Friday that reverses the state's 11-year-old ban on same-sex marriage.
RNC Chairman Michael Steele:
"The Iowa Supreme Court's decision today to reverse an 11 year old state law outlawing same-sex marriage is sadly another example of judicial activism currently threatening family values in America. While I respect an individual's right to live his or her life as they see fit, decisions like this are better left in the hands of legislators and governors."
"I firmly believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. A state's autonomous nature allows it to change its laws as the citizenry sees fit, but it should be done by the people, not through judicial decree."
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney:
"I believe marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman and the definition of marriage should be left to the people and not to activist courts."
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee (via Twitter):
"Iowa Sup. Court dec. to allow same sex marriage is disappointing. All Iowans should have a say in this matter, not legislative judges ... must fight to preserve family and amend the Constitution of the United States to define marriage as one man and one woman."
South Carolina governor Mark Sanford:
Joel Sawyer, a spokesman for Sanford, did not react to the Iowa ruling specifically, but said the governor is "against same-sex marriage." Sawyer pointed out that "South Carolina passed a same-sex marriage ban last year, and the governor was supportive of it."
Alaska governor Sarah Palin:
Bill McAllister, a spokesman for Palin, said that as of this morning, "we haven't discussed it." Palin has said she opposes defining marriage as anything but between a man and a woman.