Dana Loesch of Red State said that the ruling is a victory for those advocating a limited federal government:
Big government is a symptom of apathetic people. If big government is needed to define marriage then the people who make up the church, and I say this as one of them, have not done their best to God to live and evangelize their faith. Where we fail government intercedes.
I view today's ruling as a narrow second chance. The government has, for now, refrained from issuing a blanket statement against the institution of marriage, reverting instead to state jurisdiction. The bottom line is that today's ruling was once again a failure of Democrats's big government. Democrats campaigned on DOMA, championed it, Clinton signed it. The party who filibustered the Civil Rights Act will say they "evolved," which is code for "waffle." If after today Democrats want to finally agree with conservatives that big government is bad, I'm sure we'd accept their admission of error.
Greg Sargent at the Plum Line said the language of equality used in the decision will change the way same-sex marriage is addressed across the country:
What happened today is that a whole new legal framework has been created within which state level battles over marriage equality will now unfold. It's not an overstatement to say that the language in today's decision may help put state laws banning gay marriage on the path to extinction around the country.
With gay marriage already legal in around a dozen other states plus Washington, D.C., the short term upshot of the two decisions is that states that are home to over one quarter of the U.S. population have now legalized gay marriage, according to prominent gay rights lawyer Richard Socarides. What's more, all of those marriages now have federal recognition.
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