Friday, June 26, 2015

Right-Wing Media Respond To Nationwide Marriage Equality: "We Should Weep For Our Country"

Supreme Court Rules That Bans On Same-Sex Marriage Are Unconstitutional. On June 26, the Supreme Court ruled that bans on same-sex marriage violate the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. According to The New York Times:

In a long-sought victory for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court ruled on Friday that the Constitution guarantees a nationwide right to same-sex marriage.

The 5-to-4 decision, the culmination of decades of litigation and activism, came against the backdrop of fast-moving changes in public opinion, with polls indicating that most Americans now approve of same-sex marriage. [The New York Times6/26/15]

"We Do Not Live In A Democracy": Right-Wing Criticizes Marriage Equality Decision

National Review Online's Hillyer: "We Should Weep For Our Country." National Review contributing editor Quin Hillyer responded to the Supreme Court's decision by writing that "[w]e should weep for our country" (emphasis added):

There is absolutely no way for Justice Anthony Kennedy to square today's decision with his ten pages of paeans to states' authority over marriage in the 2013 case of U.S. v. Windsor. None. The damage done to the Constitution and the rule of law in the last two days -- in Burwell regarding Obamacare subsidies, in Obergefell today on same-sex marriage, and in yesterday's housing disparate-impact case as well -- is incalculably high. We should weep for our country, and for its constitutional order. [National Review Online, 6/26/15]

Fox's MacCallum: "What's To Prevent" Three People From Getting Married Now? On the June 26 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom, host Martha MacCallum said "We're just trying to think about the ramifications, when a precedent is set, what it means down the road, right? So suppose three people say, we want to be a marriage; we're three people, and we love each other, and we want to be a marriage. What's to prevent that, under this?" [Fox News, America's Newsroom, 6/26/15]

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