WASHINGTON — In statements and on Twitter, Minnesota Democrats cheered the U.S. Supreme Court’s Wednesday rulings on same-sex marriage.
In a statement, longtime Defense of Marriage Act opponent Sen. Al Franken said, “I’m very happy that the U.S. Supreme Court found DOMA unconstitutional, and that we’re now closer toward ensuring marriage equality for every American. Our country is starting to understand that it’s not about what a family looks like: it’s about their love and commitment to one another.”
Sen. Amy Klobuchar, who, like Franken, co-sponsored a bill repealing DOMA said it’s now up to states to “choose to stand on the side of equality and follow in the footsteps of Minnesota, where we successfully fought back a divisive constitutional amendment and enacted marriage equality with bipartisan support.”
Rep. Betty McCollum called the decision “a victory for love and equality over blatant discrimination.” Rep. Keith Ellison said he was “relieved and thrilled” by the decision, but said, “there are still thousands a of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender couples who live in states that treat them and their families as second-class citizens. And millions continue to see their right to vote under threat. We must continue to make sure our laws live up to the immortal words, ‘liberty and justice for all.'”
Bachmann: Supreme Court ‘an effective oligarchy of five’
But Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann said the decision “will undermine the best interest of children and the best interests of the United States.”
“Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted,” she said in a statement. “For thousands of years of recorded human history, no society has defended the legal standard of marriage as anything other than between man and woman. Only since 2000 have we seen a redefinition of this foundational unit of society in various nations. Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to join the trend, despite the clear will of the people’s representatives through DOMA.”
In a press conference with other conservative Republicans, Bachmann slammed the court as “an effective oligarchy of five.” She said its ruling, on equal protection grounds, was hypocritical because it denied equal protection to Americans whose members voted for DOMA in the first place, and those in California who voted for the now-overturned Proposition 8.
Bachmann implied she could support a constitutional amendment defining marriage as one man and one woman, saying that the Supreme Court is “restrained by the Constitution.”
“I do believe that the people will have their sway,” she said. “The Supreme Court not only attacked the Constitution today … they attached something that they have no jurisdiction over whatsoever, the foundational unit of our society, which is marriage. That is something that God created. That is something that God defined.”
Other Minnesota lawmakers weighed in on Twitter. We’ll update this piece if they have any more to say.
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