The reaction of conservative pundits to the Supreme Court overturning the Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) was swift and ferocious, as one would expect. But before anyone judges these comments, it’s important to examine them closely. As the folks at Fox News know, it’s important to be “fair and balanced” when considering big, controversial issues. So let’s take a look at some reactions to the case:
Senator Rand Paul went onto Glen Beck’s radio show. Beck stated his concern that people will now demand the right to have multiple wives. Paul agreed and said “If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further – does it have to be humans?” (source below)
Rand Paul represents Kentucky. There are lots of farm animals there, and a good senator always keeps his constituents’ interests in mind.
Verdict: True (at the local level)
Mike Huckabee took to Twitter and wrote “Jesus wept.”
Of course he did. With joy. Unless it’s me cooking dinner, a person doesn’t intentionally create something he’s gonna end up hating.
Ralph Reed (former director of the Christian Coalition) said the decision “Endangers federalism as well as the most time-honored tradition in the history of Western civilization.”
The most time-honored tradition in Western civilization is fear and repression. Think: slavery, European colonialism, Vietnam War, Spanish Inquisition, The Drug War, Guantanamo, etc.
Verdict: True (the decision endangers fear and repression)
Brian Brown (President of the National Organization For Marriage) wrote “There is a stench coming from this case that has now stained the Supreme Court.”
That smell is probably coming from Judge Scalia’s armpits. Or maybe it’s from the area under his second chin. Or maybe Clarence Thomas plugged up the toilet while deciding whether to speak during the case.
Verdict: Possibly True (confirmation needed)
It appears that both sides are right on this. But for very different reasons.