Most Americans want to elect a President who will represent them on the issues.
The High Court’s activist decision on gay marriage has created a firestorm of criticism from those who believe in traditional Judeo-Christian values, while many presidential candidates seem to actively support the court’s decision, in spite of those values.
So, the following is what each presidential candidate had to say, in short, on the Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision.
Each candidate’s name’s have been color-coded to reference either Red for Republican or Blue for Democrat, and/or a mixture for those who exhibit qualities synonymous with both….
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker: “the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage.”
Sen. Bernie Sanders: “Today the Supreme Court fulfilled the words engraved upon its building: ‘Equal justice under law.’”
Former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley: Oversaw the legalization of same-sex marriage in Maryland, and shared gratitude to Marylanders for “leading the way on this important issue.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee: The country “must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat,”
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal: “The decision “will pave the way for an all-out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision.”
Lincoln Chafee: tweeted congratulations to the Supreme Court on “today’s good ruling for marriage equality!” Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker — issued strong statements urging conservatives to fight
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: “Today is some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation’s history. This radical decision purporting to strike down the marriage laws of every state, it has no connection to the United States Constitution,”
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham: Stated he would respect the court’s decision and that instead of pursuing “a divisive effort” to overturn the ruling with Congress “that would be doomed to fail,” he would commit himself to “ensuring the protection of religious liberties of all Americans.”
Rick Santorum: “Today, five unelected justices decided to redefine the foundational unit that binds together our society without public debate or input. Now is the people’s opportunity respond because the future of the institution of marriage is too important to not have a public debate,”
Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry: “America’s founding fathers did not intend for the judicial branch to legislate from the bench.”
Ben Carson: “I did not agree with the decision, but it is “now the law of the land, Congress needs to protect religious beliefs.” “I support same-sex civil unions but to me, and millions like me, marriage is a religious service not a government form.”
Sen. Marco Rubio: “While I disagree with this decision, we live in a republic and must abide by the law. As we look ahead, it must be a priority of the next president to nominate judges and justices committed to applying the Constitution as written and originally understood.”
Jeb Bush: “The Supreme Court should have left marriage up to the states, Americans should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments.”
Carly Fiorina : The decision should have been left up to the states, the ruling is “only the latest example of an activist Court.” “I do not agree that the Court can or should redefine marriage. I believe that responsibility should have remained with states and voters where this conversation has continued in churches, town halls and living rooms around the country”
Donald Trump: Another example of “the Bush-appointed Supreme Court Justice John Roberts” letting “us down.” “Jeb pushed him hard! Remember!”
Hillary Clinton: “This morning, love triumphed in the highest court in our land.” “They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law and the Constitution grants them that right.”
Sen. Rand Paul: no statement yet
Personally, I think Franklin Graham made the best statement, but that’s just one person’s opinion.
That first paragraph says it all as far as the SCOTUS’ position on this. They don’t get to redefine this and they should have tossed this out and never heard the case.
As we would expect, the candidates are all over the place with their opinions on this decision, and the talk about this will drone on for months until many people are dulled into acceptance.
We could be witnessing the beginning of a new civil rights movement that will encompass constitutionalists, Christians and all people of faith. I hardly think this is what the Left envisioned, but it is certainly what they will get. And it won’t be rainbows and lollipops.