"United States v. Windsor" lawsuit succeeds in having part of
DOMA law ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court
Unexpected reactions to the DOMA
ruling by liberal & conservative commentators.
The acronym "SSM" refers to "same-sex marriage."
The acronym "DOMA" refers to the Defense of Marriage Act
"SCOTUS" refers to the Supreme Court of the United States
Unexpected reactions from conservative and liberal political commentators:
- "The Five" is a panel of commentators on Fox News -- a network that traditionally takes extremely conservative views of news. "The Five" expressed some surprisingly positive comments about the two Supreme Court rulings:
- Kimberly Guilfoyle said that this is :
"... a very significant day. This is the type of two cases that are going to be read years from now in law schools and in legal books across the country.”
- Dana Perino said:
"...the bottom line of it is that if you are in favor of gay marriage, you are pleased today. For those that are disappointed in the decision, there are things to look into here that there was a victory of principles over government overreach. [The Court rulings begin] the long road to having gay marriage no longer be a political weapon used by either side. And it gives people a chance to then focus on other important issues that we have in the country."
Noah Rothman, writing for Mediaite, said:
"She is correct; the Court did 'gut the power of the federal government' and returned the issue of gay marriage to the states where federalist remedies are rapidly leading to legalization of gay marriage. Some states will move faster than others, but the federalist method of working out the contentious issue of same-sex marriage rights will ultimately lead to consensus and comity. It is the method of achieving national reconciliation that the Founders would have preferred.
Harris-Perry would have preferred an activist decision. She would prefer that federal legislators be able to force gay marriage on areas of the country moving too slowly for her tastes. That says a lot."
- Bethany Monk, writing for CitizenLink -- an affiliate of the fundamentalist Christian group Focus on the Family, said:
"... Despite many mainstream outlets claiming the ruling is a total victory for same-sex marriage, conservative analysts and researchers point out that the decision does not create a constitutional right to same-sex marriage."
"... The Court struck down Section 3 of the law, meaning that the federal government cannot define marriage for its own federal policies and federal laws, but must accept whatever states decide. The ruling does not affect Section 2, which says that no state is required to recognize another state’s redefinition of the institution.
The critical role of marriage is not diminished by this decision.
'For most Americans, the big picture is more of what the Court did not do,' said Focus on the Family President Jim Daly. 'It did not create a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage — as it did for abortion in 1973. It also did not declare same-sex marriage a civil right on the order of ethnicity or nationality.'
The church has a new opportunity to '... shine its light into a confused culture,' Daly explained.
'It is time for everyone who supports the natural definition of marriage to recommit and affirm the sanctity of their own marriages,' Daly said. 'We must humbly confess the damage we have done to marriage by our own collective careless treatment of it. As we continue to distance ourselves from God’s design for marriage and family, Christians will need to take their oath and commitment to marriage more seriously. Though the divorce rate among committed Christians is lower than among the general populace, it remains far too high'." 3
Webmaster's reactions & Congressional activity are covered in the next essay.
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Matt Wilstein, "The Five Reacts To Supreme Court’s DOMA And Prop 8 Rulings: 'This Is A Huge Conservative Victory'," Mediaite, 2013-JUN-26, at: http://www.mediaite.com/
- Noah Rothman, "Gay Marriage Rulings Make MSNBC’s Harris-Perry Sad Because They Gut 'Power Of Federal Government'," MediaIte, 2013-JUN-26, at: http://www.mediaite.com/
- Bethany Monk, "U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Part of Federal Marriage Law," CitizenLink, 2013-JUN-26, at: http://www.citizenlink.com/
Copyright © 2013 by Ontario
Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2013-JUN-29
Latest update: 2013-JUL-06
Compiler: B.A. Robinson