Highlight’s from SCOTUS’ gay rulings

NB: All emphasis is mine. Will be updated as I read the rulings.

Justice Anthony Kennedy on the DOMA case

On traditional heterosexual marriage:

The limitation of lawful marriage to heterosexual couples, which for centuries had been deemed both necessary and fundamental, came to be seen in New York and certain other States as an unjust exclusion

On equal protection and states rights in the US:

By seeking to injure the very class New York seeks to protect, DOMA violates basic due process and equal protection principles.

Here the State’s decision to give this class of persons the right to marry conferred upon them a dignity and status of immense import

Chief Justice John Roberts on the Wellington vs Perry Case, Prop 8

Explaining the technicalities of the Court’s decision to reject the appeal, which sounds more like a justification for marriage equality:

…for a federal court to have authority under the Constitution to settle a dispute, the party before it must seek a remedy for a personal and tangible harm. The presence of a disagreement, however sharp and acrimonious it may be, is insufficient

Justice Kennedy’s dissenting opinion, explaining the consequences of not allowing anyone else but state governments to defend state laws that they dislike:

Giving the Governor and attorney general this de facto veto will erode one of the cornerstones of the State’s governmental structure […] A prime purpose of justiciability is to ensure vigorous advocacy, yet the Court insists upon litigation conducted by state officials whose preference is to lose the case. The doctrine is meant to ensure that courts are responsible and constrained in their power, but the Court’s opinion today means that a single district court can make a decision with far-reaching effects that cannot be reviewed.

And, as a bonus…

Michelle Bachmann, in a GOP rebuke of the rulings, said that heterosexual marriage “was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted.”

Nancy Pelosi, former Speaker of the House and now house minority leader, responded with “who cares?” On top of that, here’s The New Republic‘s reaction (sounding more like a parental reprimand). Enjoy!

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