Summer of SCOTUS Decisions

06.26.13

On Twitter, It’s a Very Sad Day for the Haters

A lot of people are really, really happy about Wednesday’s Supreme Court ruling squashing the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Prop 8. And then there are some others, who are really, really sad that gay people now have some rights.

The twin Supreme Court 5–4 decisions Wednesday morning that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act and removed the legal obstacles for California to recognize same-sex marriage sparked major celebrations across the country among supporters of gay rights.

But not everyone is happy at what DOMA defenders are calling an “Orwellian act” creating “sodomy-based marriage” that begins “the disintegration of the United States” with “the Supreme Court ... in collusion with the President and his injustice department” forcing through “the aggressive action of the homosexual agenda” to “undo what a holy God had instituted.” Hate on ...

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Ralph Reed

Ralph Reed, one of the leading social-conservative organizers in the country and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, described the court’s decision as “stunning and indefensible display of judicial activism.” He went on to describe the court’s decision to invalidate DOMA as “an Orwellian act of judicial fiat.”

Rush Limbaugh

Conservative talker Rush Limbaugh warned ominously about the Supreme Court’s rulings. In his opinion, it represented “the disintegration of the United States” and “the visible fracturing by the judiciary of American culture.”

Randy Weber

First-term Texas Republican Rep. Randy Weber, who succeeded Ron Paul in Congress, hinted at a broader conspiracy, saying at a press conference held by the House Republican Study Committee, "The Supreme Court seems to be in collusion with the President and his injustice department."

Michele Bachmann

Rep. Michele Bachmann (R–Minnesota) issued a statement proclaiming, “Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted.” Bachmann, a 2012 presidential candidate, went on to offer a historic justification, stating “for thousands of years of recorded human history, no society has defended the legal standard of marriage as anything other than between man and woman. Only since 2000 have we seen a redefinition of this foundational unit of society in various nations.”

National Organization for Marriage

The National Organization for Marriage issued a scathing statement. The group’s president, Brian Brown, said: “There is a stench coming from this case that has now stained the Supreme Court. They've allowed corrupt politicians and judges to betray the voters, rewarding them for their betrayal. It's an illegitimate decision. We and millions of other Americans will refuse to accept this rogue decision rewarding corruption.”

American Family Association

Tim Wildmon, the president of the American Family Association, sounded an alarm in the aftermath of the court’s decision: “Now, we must warn against the coming persecution, the barrage of criticism and the aggressive action of the homosexual agenda to indoctrinate and change the thoughts and convictions of Americans to accept this lifestyle as the new normal.”

Family Research Council

The Family Research Council, right-wing conservative lobbying organization, issued a confident statement claiming the court’s decision was only a minor setback in the fight for traditional marriage: “Time is not on the side of those seeking to create same-sex ‘marriage.’ As the American people are given time to experience the actual consequences of redefining marriage, the public debate and opposition to the redefinition of natural marriage will undoubtedly intensify.”