“Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that,” Jindal said. “This decision will pave the way for an all out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision.”
“The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body,” Jindal added in a statement. He then raised eyebrows with what was likely a joke, saying, “If we want to save some money, let’s just get rid of the [Supreme C]ourt.”
Mike Huckabee (R-AR), former governor: Huckabee was equally emphatic in his opposition, accusing the court of playing God. “No man — and certainly no un-elected judge — has the right to redefine the laws of nature or of nature’s God. Government is not God,” Huckabee wrote in an op-ed for USA Today. “The purpose of marriage is to socially and biologically unite a man and a woman to create the next generation and to train the next generation to become their replacements. Marriage is a sacred covenant, not just another social contract.”
Rick Santorum (R-PA), former senator: Santorum, a Catholic, said he believed the Supreme Court based its ruling on false premises, namely, that opposition to gay marriage is based on hate. “We have a Supreme Court that says the only reason that you could possibly oppose changing marriage laws in America is because you hate people who want to marry people of the same sex. That is not true,” Santorum said. He said his greatest concern was for the children of same-sex unions, whom he believes will be denied “their birthright, a mother and a father who loves [sic] them and raises them into adulthood and into good citizens of America.”
Rick Perry (R-TX), former governor: According to Perry, the court was out of bounds in ordering all 50 states to recognize gay marriage. “These decisions need to be made in the states,” Perry said. He compared the issue to the legalization of marijuana, which has occurred in some U.S jurisdictions, but not others.
At least one candidate seemed reluctant to comment …
Donald Trump (R-NY): The bombastic billionaire was unusually circumspect in his comments regarding Friday’s ruling. “I support traditional marriage,” he said in an interview with ABC’s Jake Tapper. His reluctance to say more on the issue appeared to be based on his own history of multiple failed marriages. Asked whether being married to three separate women qualifies as “traditional,” Trump said it was “a very good point.”
The State of Alabama has decided not to issue any more marriage licenses, while the State of Texas has told court clerks they may refuse marriage license applications from same-sex couples.
Reuters reported that judges from Alabama’s Houston, Geneva and Pike counties put on hold the issuance of all marriage licenses, citing a provision in the Alabama State Code.
Section 30-1-9 of the Alabama Code states that “marriage licenses may be issued by the judges of probate of the several counties.”
The judges in these three counties believe that the word “may” in this provision gives them the option whether or not to issue marriage.
“I have no plans to put Pike County back into the marriage business,” said Pike County Probate Judge Wes Allen, while Houston County Probate Judge Patrick Davenport said he will withhold all marriage licenses until he fully understand the Supreme Court ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges and how it relates to the Alabama State Code.He maintained that he has the authority not to issue marriage licenses.
“Currently Houston County is operating under 30-1-9, which authorizes the discretionary non-issuance of marriage licenses, leaving that discretion to the probate judge to issue or not issue,” he said.
Geneva County Probate Judge Fred Hamic took a similar view. “It doesn’t say a probate judge has to issue a marriage license. I’m waiting on that. I will not be doing anymore ceremonies. I’m going to stop as of today issuing marriage licenses,” Hamic said.
Alabama State Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who earlier this year told the state’s probate judges to not cooperate with a circuit court’s ruling permitting same-sex “marriages” on Friday called the Obergefell decision “even worse” than the Court’s 19th-century decision to uphold racial segregation.
“I believe it’s worse because it affects our entire system of morality and family values,” Moore told CNN.
“There is no such thing as same-sex marriage in the constitution. The words are not there, we’ve never had it in our history,” Moore said. “Five judges on the Supreme Court, or justices, have presumed to find a fundamental right which has no basis in the history or logic or tradition of our country.”
Moore added: “I think the law of the land is plain. It’s the United States Constitution. Not an opinion of the Supreme Court which contradicts that law.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Sunday condemned the high court’s decision, calling it a “lawless decision by an activist court.” Paxton told state officials that they could refuse marriage licenses to same-sex couples for religious reasons.And, according to Time, Mississippi state attorney general Jim Hood said the state is waiting for the local federal court to order county clerks to begin issuing same-sex “marriage” licenses. Another official, Mississippi judiciary chairman Andy Gipson, suggested that the state should consider not issuing marriage licenses altogether as a result of the ruling.
Meanwhile, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, who recently declared his candidacy in the 2016 presidential race, said his state has “no choice” but to comply with the Obergefell ruing.
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