The thoroughly awesome morning same-sex marriage advocates had is seeping a little more slowly into the opinions page than elsewhere on the site. News breaks but opinion and analysis move more slowly, or so we’ve managed to convince readers and bosses. It sometimes takes, unbelievably, HOURS for opinions to form themselves and get on the Web. The overwhelming “YAY!” heard ’round the Internet (the Internet being…the Internet, after all) took awhile to get to our page, but it got there.
The first few Post Opinions blogs to cover this could be summarized basically by a “YAY!” from Greg Sargent and a more muted “yay” from Eugene Robinson. Most everyone knows already where they stand on the same-sex marriage issue, so the first reactions were very joyful or very sad. PostScript scooped up these from Sargent’s “A whole new era for gay rights and human decency.”
republicans_are_vermin isn’t, as one might guess, all that tactful in victory:
On this day ten years ago, the Supreme Court held in Lawrence v. Texas that gay men and women have a constitutional right to have sex with one another. Scalia’s dissenting opinion in that case was that this would lead to gay marriage. He was pretty angry about it. Scalia getting p-offed is the only reason (entertainment) to value his stay on the court.
bls2011 does some spiking of the football, too:
What a delight. On Twitter the DOMA hashtag is nearly 100% positive – a joyful celebration. And what a contrast. Today Democrats everywhere are celebrating their big victory with true happiness because it extends civil rights. Yesterday the GOP had to hide in shame because their “victory” eviscerated civil rights. If this doesn’t tell you which Party is on the right side of history, nothing does.
And even those not yaying at all are comfortable enough to joke about it:
So now that it’s legal, will you go by Greg Klein or will Ezra go by Ezra Sargent? Congratulations you two! Let me know where you’re registered and I’ll send a gift!
Now the pervs can marry their Alsatians.
LOL @ gay “marriage”…
And as time went on and people had a chance to read the Defense of Marriage Act ruling for themselves, context began to mute the immediate yays and unyays. People started thinking about what this means for other Supreme Court rulings:
pamelabrown53 is still distressed from yesterday:
As a gay, I should be swinging from the ceiling fans, yet after yesterday’s gutting of the [Voting Rights Act], I’m too upset to celebrate.
Realist201 sees an anti-federalist consistency:
Take today’s gay marriage decision, along with yesterday’s voting rights decision and now the power and control of the Federal Government is pushed WAYYYYY back to where it was supposed to be.
jayh63 sees a conservative decision for same-sex marriage:
Once again, a Republican (Justice Kennedy) has to bail out a Democratic President from a bad law his party passed and he signed. Kennedy wanted to do the same with Obamacare as his dissent called key provisions of the law unconstitutional. Kennedy seems to be consistent in his rulings. The same cannot be said of the Democratic Party.
And quarterback says defeat of DOMA is only a temporary setback for same-sex marriage opponents:
The bad news for the radicals: it doesn’t matter how many times Anthony Kennedy insult, maligns, and impugns us. People who still have courage, common sense and sanity aren’t going to cave. Truth can be suppressed for a time but not finally vanquished. The left will eventually reap a whirlwind.
As PostScript recalls her eighth grade civics classes, once a Supreme Court justice is sworn in, he or she has tenure for life. Judicial is the supposedly apolitical branch, not subject to elections or fearful of the whims of public mood. Yet they keep finding ways to interpret the 226-year-old document to find all sorts of rights for people the Founders didn’t recognize. They seem, incongruously, much more responsive to public opinion on this issue (which has only favored same-sex marriage rights since 2009ish) than the House of Representatives, with their two-year terms designed to keep them accountable to the electorate.
Anyway, to conclude: Today, gay means happy again.