What GOP Candidates Said About Supreme Court’s Gay Marriage Ruling

This is an excellent post by Maggie Gallagher — if more articles were written like this, it’d be so much easier to get information disseminated to GOP primary voters:

On June 26, a narrow majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices struck down the traditional definition of marriage, ruling all 50 states must recognize same-sex unions as marriages.

The four dissenters included the usually mild-mannered Chief Justice John Roberts, who called the majority opinion “dangerous to the rule of law”: “The majority’s decision is an act of will, not legal judgment. The right it announces has no basis in the Constitution or this Court’s precedent.”

Chief Justice Roberts also underscored the “serious questions about religious liberty” the decision raises: “Indeed, the Solicitor General candidly acknowledged that the tax exemptions of some religious institutions would be in question if they opposed same-sex marriage. . .there is little doubt these and similar questions will soon be before this Court. Unfortunately, people of faith can take no comfort in the treatment they receive from the majority.”

SCOTUSReportCardHow did the GOP presidential candidates respond to this decision? What did they promise to do about it? This is the question ThePulse2016.com’s Gay Marriage Report Card seeks to answer.

Unlike most report cards created by advocacy groups, our report card is not an evaluation of the candidates’ formal position or legislative record, but an analysis and report of how they responded to a major event unfolding in real time from the standpoint of those of us who care deeply about life, marriage and religious liberty. We cannot claim omniscience, but we can and do seek honesty and clarity.

In my last report card on GOP candidates’ response to the Indiana crisis, I sketched out a clear template for our evaluation: Did the candidate speak clearly for the bakers, the florists, and other who are losing their livelihood because of their dissent from gay marriage? Did he or she broadcast or narrowcast his view? (That is, within the limits of his or her ability to draw major television media, was he or she willing to do so? Or did he or she prefer a more passive strategy of releasing an announcement and moving on.) Did the candidates support specific legislative measures to protect the jobs and small businesses of Christians and other traditional believers?

Read more: Illinois Family Action

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