DOMA ruling spawns a treasure trove of memorable quotations
In these first few hours after the Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, we already have lots of great quotations.
Here are a few I’ve gleaned from a casual search:
Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court majority, said DOMA “humiliates tens of thousands of children now being raised by same-sex couples.”
Kennedy’s majority opinion used the word “dignity” nine times.
Mike Huckabee tweeted this: “My thoughts on the SCOTUS ruling that determined that same sex marriage is okay: ‘Jesus wept.'”
President Obama tweeted this: Today’s DOMA ruling is a historic step forward for #MarriageEquality. #LovesIsLove.”
Phil Burress of Citizens for Community Values, which opposes gay marriage, said this: “The debate will continue. There is a natural law in effect here.”
House Speaker John Boehner said: “A robust national debate over marriage will continue in the public square, and it is my hope that states will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.”
Justice Antonin Scalia, in his dissent, said this: “There are two parts to the majority’s opinion, the first explaining why this Court has jurisdiction to decide the question, and the second deciding it. Both of them are wrong, and the error in both springs from the same diseased root: an exalted notion of the role of this Court in American democratic society.”
UPDATE: My favorite reaction thus far comes from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, an avowed celibate who knows as much about marriage as I know about quantum physics: “Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation.”
UPDATE II: Glenn Beck said the court’s ruling creates a slippery slope: “Who are you to say that, if I’m a devout Muslim, I come over here and I have three wives, who are you to say if I’m an American citizen that I can’t have multiple wives?”
Republican Congressman Tim Walberg of Michigan said: “Society itself is at risk and cannot continue.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann said: “No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted.”
UPDATE III: Fox News radio host Todd Starnes tweeted this: “Supreme Court overrules God.”
UPDATE IV: Justice Antonin Scalia, who had no problem striking down part of the democratically adopted Voting Rights Act, said this about the DOMA case: “We have no power to decide this case. And even if we did, we have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation.”