House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was visibly pleased with Wednesday’s U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage — and she didn’t seem to think much of what Rep. Michele Bachmann had to say about them.
“Marriage was created by the hand of God,” Mrs. Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, said in a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). “No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted.”
At a news conference with other House Democrats, a reporter paraphrased the statement and asked for their thoughts.
“Who cares?” Mrs. Pelosi said.
Rep. Mark Takano, California Democrat, followed up by saying that he believes every American will come to celebrate the decision, and that it was not “imposed” on the people.
“It merely ratified what was already in the hearts and minds of a great majority of the American people,” said Mr. Takano, who is openly gay.
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat, said people are free to practice whatever religion they want to, but the decision wasn’t a matter of religious freedom or religious belief — it was an act of government.
Later on, though, at a separate availability, Mrs. Bachmann appeared undeterred, and argued that the Supreme Court undercut the will of the people who elected members to the Congress that originally passed DOMA in 1996 and voters in California who passed Proposition 8 in 2008. The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a private group defending the voter initiative that only marriages between a man and a woman will be recognized in the state didn’t have standing to appeal it to a federal appellate court.
“Every time the Supreme Court meets, it’s another constitutional convention because they say it is,” said Mrs. Bachmann, who recently announced that she will not seek re-election in 2014. “I believe that the people are more important than the Supreme Court and I do believe that the people will have their sway … the Supreme Court, though they may think so, have not yet arisen to the level of God.”