Hip hip hoorah! We have a win! SCOTUS over turned DOMA by a 5-4 ruling…..
For gay rights advocates, the decision opening the door to resume same-sex marriages in California bolstered determination to expand the right to wed for gay men and lesbians. The Human Rights Campaign set a goal to achieve that in all 50 states within the next five years.
And for opponents of gay marriage, the battle turned to state capitals, where 36 states bar gay marriage by statute or constitutional amendment. “We didn’t lose,” Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage said, noting the high court had declined to recognize a constitutional right to marry. “They punted.”
All the celebration while it is a great ruling it does not pave the way to a total ban of DOMA…..the battles will be in the states where 36 states (i believe) have some sort of law against gay marriage….the Right will stick to the old battle chant…”I have not yet begun to fight”……it will get uglier before it gets better……there will be many long drawn out battles to come…..
As they say….”It ain’t over ’til it’s over”………
(Newser) – The Supreme Court’s gay marriage rulings have pretty much everyone talking and typing. Many liberals are overjoyed, but others urge caution, while conservatives look for silver linings. Here’s what people are saying:
- “This may be remembered as the day when the nation stopped regarding gay people as second class citizens,” writes Eugene Robinson at the Washington Post, but there’s still much more to be done. The Prop 8 ruling “leaves things basically the way they stood before—not after—the landmark 1967 Loving v. Virginia ruling that struck down laws against interracial marriage.”
- Adam Winkler at the Daily Beast complains that “to hear the reasoning of the court, it sounds like procedure is more important than people.” Even the comparatively bold DOMA decision leans on process and states’ “traditional authority,” which “may have sent a signal to lower courts that limiting marriage to one man and one woman remains constitutionally permissible.”
- Winkler also points out that the court rejected the Obama administration’s arguments that laws discriminating against LGBTQ people should be subject to more rigorous judicial review, on par with race or gender. “The court’s refusal may be read by lower courts to mean that LGBT discrimination may still be constitutional, especially when it’s consistent with tradition rather than contrary to it.”
- “This happened the right way—from the ground up, with argument, with lawsuits, with cultural change, with individual courage,” writes Andrew Sullivan at The Dish. “So to those who are often tempted to write off America’s ability to perfect its union still further … let me just say: I believe.”
- June Thomas at Slate feels like she just won an Oscar. “As the decision was announced, I finally allowed myself to experience a feeling a belonging,” she writes. “Perhaps the world really is changing.”
- Meanwhile over at the conservative blog RedState, Dana Loesch looks on the bright side, arguing that this is “a loss for big government, not for marriage.” After all, power was just removed from the federal government and returned to the states. “If big government is needed to define marriage then the people who make up the church” have failed to “live and evangelize their faith.” For more conservative reactions, click here.
Personally, I think that the bigger story was the VRA smack down….but this will be a drama that will be coming and coming…possibly until the 2016 elections……