The Supreme Court has embarrassed itself many times on the subject of gay marriage, and it repeated its performance in a 5-4 vote tinged with bitterness, sarcasm, and anger.
This vote comes after an extended period of trying to avoid the subject completely. The New York Times tells the story well.
In a second dissent, Justice Scalia mocked Justice Kennedy’s soaring language.
“The opinion is couched in a style that is as pretentious as its content is egotistic,” Justice Scalia wrote of his colleague’s work. “Of course the opinion’s showy profundities are often profoundly incoherent.”—The New York Times
Pretentious and egotistic? These people have to work together. Besides, they are supposed to be watching over our interests, not theirs.
Four of the current Supreme Court Justices are over 70 years old. The next president will almost certainly be appointing one or more to replace them. Scalia, Alito, and Thomas are rabid reactionaries, and Roberts isn’t far behind them. If nothing else moves you to become more politically active in the run-up to the 2016 election, this reality alone should.—Robert Reich, Facebook post
I celebrate on behalf of my many gay and lesbian friends. I apologize for the rudeness of what we call the Supreme Court. They are rude to their own peers, and it doesn’t get much worse than that.
Staying with the positive, I send a cyber hug to my friends who are directly affected by this decision. All of us are affected by it to some extent.