The Supreme Court’s decision Friday to invalidate California’s Proposition 8 marriage equality ban was a historic victory for same-sex couples in California, but not everyone was happy about the outcome.
Some conservative activists called for an immediate end to the ruling, saying the justices should have stayed out of the debate at all.
Here are 10 of the biggest reactions: 1.
Fox News host Judge Andrew Napolitano called the ruling a victory for the anti-gay agenda and called for the immediate end of the ban.
“What the Supreme is doing is they’re saying that a law can be enacted by a federal court in California and not by a state court in New York,” he said.
“If that’s true, it’s an abomination and it’s immoral.
This is not the way that we ought to conduct our affairs.”2.
Texas’ Governor Greg Abbott said that the decision sends the message that states should not be allowed to enforce marriage equality.
“I think it’s a message that’s going to resonate with the Supreme court,” he told CNN.
“I think if you look at the Supreme justices in the past, they have been very pro-family.
And that’s why I think it sends the wrong message to all of our families and it sends a message to those that seek to discriminate against people on the basis of their sexual orientation.”3.
The conservative American Family Association, which is a top donor to Texas Republican politicians, is calling on the governor to immediately end the ban, arguing that it is a violation of the First Amendment, which protects the right to freedom of speech.
“The Supreme Court has just issued a decision that says that there are no laws that will silence the freedom of religion in America,” ADF President Tim Wildmon said in a statement.
“In fact, it is one of the very few places in the nation where a law cannot be enacted that would punish people for their religious beliefs.”4.
Conservative radio host Kimberly Guilfoyle said that she thought the ruling was a victory, but that she did not want to see same-gender marriage equality legalized in California.
“It sends a very bad message,” Guildoyle told ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“This is an absolute disaster.
It sends a terrible message to our kids.
It’s a terrible way to treat anyone, especially our LGBT brothers and sisters.”5.
Missouri’s Republican Governor Eric Greitens told CNN that he was “delighted” that the Supreme Supreme Court had rejected California’s marriage equality law, but he was disappointed that the court did not strike down the ban nationwide.
“We’ve been able to get a very positive outcome in California that will make this a national problem for the next administration,” Greitins said.
Gay marriage rights activists celebrated the decision as a major victory in their fight against the Supreme the next day, as they called it a victory that shows the justices have “made the wrong call.”
“Today’s decision is a major milestone in our fight for marriage equality, and a very clear sign that this Supreme Court is making the wrong choice,” Gay Marriage Alliance of Missouri President Dan Bickerman said in the statement.
Ahead of the ruling in California’s gay marriage case, some activists expressed concern about the implications for other states.
“This decision is just a big victory for discrimination, but it’s not a victory in the whole country,” said the founder of the National Organization for Marriage, Terry O’Neill.
“States should not allow religious exemptions to discriminate.”8.
California Governor Jerry Brown was asked by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” if he would like to see a statewide ban on same-year marriage.
“No,” Brown said.