Henry Rollins: Misguided Outrage Over DOMA's Demise
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When I read the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act last week, I allowed myself a few moments of elation and then started scouring the Internet to read the reaction. The sentiments expressed by longtime marriage-equality advocates, while inspiring and sincere, didn't interest me nearly as much as the misguided outrage of those who find DOMA's demise to their disliking. It's fun to hear them howl.
It has been hard to get my head around how Justice Antonin Scalia rationalizes his decisions. His body blow to the Voting Rights Act was a head scratcher, but at least he was calm when he attempted to justify his odd logic. On DOMA, he was all emo. In an effort to hide his homophobia, he posited that both sides of the issue of marriage equality were cheated and that the 5-4 decision is guilty of "robbing the winners of an honest victory, and the losers of the peace that comes from a fair defeat. We owed both of them better."
Justice Scalia, you got beat. It happens. He should be reminded that he doesn't serve the people, he serves the Constitution. I don't understand what part of the 14th Amendment isn't clear to him. Scalia talks in obtuse legalese, which I think is intended to leave many people nodding politely while they inherently understand that he's full of it. Term limits, please.
Next up was checking in with Rush Limbaugh, who's always good for a laugh. How many marriages for this guy? What is it, four? I guess he likes to stand up for the sanctity of the institution so much, he keeps at it. He said that the decision was just more proof of the "disintegration of the United States." I didn't think he was going to be happy about it, but I thought he would be a little more colorful than that.
Michele Bachmann is always a great person to go to for an opinion about anything. She has a very active and interesting mind. She was out there in front of the cameras, no notes that I could see, speaking from her huge, humanitarian heart. "This decision is one that is profound because the Supreme Court not only attacked our Constitution today, they not only attacked the equal-protection rights of every citizen under our Constitution, they attacked something that they have no jurisdiction over whatsoever, the foundational unit of our society, which is marriage."