Reaction to this morning’s historic decision to strike down DOMA has been fast and furious—and will no doubt continue to be throughout the day. Below is a small smattering of who’s been taking to the airwaves and Twitter to express their disappointment with the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings.
Speaker of the House John Boehner issued the following statement:
“While I am obviously disappointed in the ruling, it is always critical that we protect our system of checks and balances. 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.”
Rep. Tim Huelskamp, a Kansas Republican, announced plans to file a constitutional amendment later this week to restore DOMA.
Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said on Glenn Beck’s radio show that “traditional marriage” supporters should take their fight to the states, adding:
“I see the thousands-of-years tradition of the nucleus of the family unit, I also see that economically we just live without any kind of moral periscope when you say, what is it that is the leading cause of poverty in our country – it’s having kids without marriage. … We should not just say that we’re punting on it and marriage can be anything.”
Rep. Michele Bachmann (surprise!) was quick to make the following statement:
“Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted. … 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. … What the Court has done will undermine the best interest of children and the best interests of the United States.”
Former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee expressed his dissatisfaction via Twitter:
The award for most dramatic goes to the American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, who unleashed this series of tweets:
Rep. Tim Walberg, Michigan Republican: “Society itself is at risk and cannot continue.”
National Organization for Marriage in an official statement: “There’s a stench coming from these cases that has now stained the Supreme Court. It’s imperative that Congress continue to protect the right of states to not recognize faux marriages in their state.”
Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, one of US Catholic Church’s strongest anti-gay marriage voices:
“Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act. The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so… The future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance.”
Read more from Slate’s coverage of the gay marriage cases at the Supreme Court.