In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (D.O.M.A.) on Wednesday, which basically means that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages in states that redefine marriage.
According to the Heritage Foundation, “Right now, twelve states can now force the federal government to recognize their definition of marriage.”
The 38 states with laws defining marriage as the “union of a man and a woman” remain the same as prior to the Supreme Court ruling.
What is actually troubling is the Supreme Court’s ruling on Prop 8 (the provision, Section 7.5 of the Declaration of Rights to the California Constitution, which provides that: “only marriage between a man and a woman is valid or recognized in California”), paving the way to same-sex marriages in California, and completely ignoring the citizens of California who voted twice to pass Prop 8.
Needless to say, there was much jubilation and celebration among same-sex marriage supporters on the Supreme Court steps Wednesday, right after the announcement of the historic rulings.
In a CNN interview, Molly Wagoner stated, “I’m just so happy, just overrun with emotion. I couldn’t be more proud of my country and the Supreme Court today.”
Many same-sex marriage advocates were crying, cheering and already planning their weddings.
Many smaller-government Conservatives also embraced the Supreme Court’s decision. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told ABC News, “The Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act was appropriate, and that the issue should be left to the states.”
Polygamy activists weren’t shy about expressing their hopes that the Supreme Court’s landmark rulings on gay marriage could also lead to a breakthrough for their own cause.
According to the Daily Mail report, “Some polygamists predict that the decisions will ‘blaze the marriage equality trail’, saying that ‘the nuclear family is not the majority any more’.” The Daily Mail also explained, “During the ongoing debate over gay marriage in the past few years, the topic of polygamy has often been raised by critics who claim that extending marriage to homosexuals will eventually result in marriages involving multiple people.”
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