Justice Scalia’s assertion that the court ruling really let both sides down is true. This issue if possible, is more muddled than ever; the Court merely fueled the fire of controversy. The one good thing that came out of the decision is that so far, state’s sovereignty to rule in these matters is intact; however, it creates new issues of confusion when it comes to allotting benefits extended in a state that recognizes gay marriage to couples who move to Kansas that has a marriage amendment stating marriage is between a man and a woman. Perhaps that is the “camel’s nose under the tent” that will eventually undermine the Constitutionally-guaranteed state sovereignty we so treasure.
The other issue that no one seems to be talking about is the children. It seems that all that matters is the two people who decide they are “in love” and want their love to be legitimitized by society. In a society where the mantra is “It is for the children”, it seems odd that the consequences of this ruling to children who are being deprived of two parents, being subjected to the whims of two people who want to be married despite the historical evidence of millennia defining marriage as between one man and one woman would be ignored. In addition, in light of the importance of a stable marriage and the family with its inherent benefits to society, does it seem logical that black-robed, unelected, and unaccountable judges should usurp the spoken will of the people?