Last week’s Supreme Court’s decisions on marriage were truly outrageous, but the damage done is largely our own fault.
Let’s be clear, first, on what the Court did. The “Supremes” struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and refused to hear the appeal of California’s Proposition 8 for lack of standing, thus giving federal marriage benefits to married same-sex couples in states where gay marriage is legal. These decisions, in the words of dissenting Justice Antonin Scalia, were “jaw-dropping.” They put the Supreme Court in the role of supreme moralizer, free to disregard the Constitution and the will of the American people.
The decisions themselves were a victory for liberal messaging and political manipulation. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, for example, framed the Court’s rulings in the language of “love” and “equality,” saying “Gosh, it feels good to have love triumph over ignorance, equality triumph over discrimination." (Got that? If you support marriage as the union of a man and woman, you’re either ignorant or discriminatory.)
Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion intentionally demonized Americans who support traditional marriage. He drew the absurd conclusion that defining marriage as the union of a man and woman "must be intended" to “inflict an "injury and indignity" on gay couples so severe that it denies "an essential part of the liberty protected by the Fifth Amendment.” In other words, the majority of the Supreme Court has contemptuously slapped the “bigot” label on all believers in traditional marriage. (As if it were plausible that human beings were unrepentant bigots, everywhere, for thousands of years, until progressives led us out of darkness at the start of the new millennium.)
So where does this leave us?
While the decision may be infuriating, it doesn’t change the truth.