I don’t think the ruling was appropriate. I think it was wrong. …[Justice Kennedy] basically said that the only reason to pass that bill was to demean people. That’s heck of a thing to say about Bill Clinton and about the Republican Congress back in the ‘90s. And it’s just another example of judicial supremacy, rather than having the government run by the people we actually vote for.New Jersey Governor Chris Christie • Decrying, in his “Ask the Governor” radio appearance earlier this week, the decision by the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). Christie’s stance is peculiar (not least of all because former President Bill Clinton, who Christie defended, has wholly publicly reversed on the issue) relative to his political situation, relative to his political situation — he’s the Republican governor of a state with a historically potent Democratic Party, and touted as a potential national office-seeker. With the sharp trajectory of public opinion on same-sex marriage, these are words that could come back to haunt him. For what it’s worth, his legal opinions don’t come from a place of inexperience, as Christie served as the Bush-appointed U.S. Attorney for New Jersey from 2002 to 2008. source
This case is about power in several respects. It is about the power of our people to govern themselves, and the power of this Court to pronounce the law. Today’s opinion aggrandizes the latter, with the predictable consequence of diminishing the former. 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.Antonin Scalia, in his DOMA dissent.
DOMA singles out a class of persons deemed by a State entitled to recognition and protection to enhance their own liberty.The majority opinion in the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act. SCOTUS has decided DOMA is unconstitutional. Read more at NPR’s The Two-Way. (via npr)