CREATIVE COMMONS/ELVERT BARNES
Attendees at a same-sex marriage rally at the U.S. Supreme Court in March. After today's 5-4 ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, Gov. Bobby Jindal blasted the court, saying, ""If I were a cynic, I’d tell the Supreme Court to stand for election, since they have now taken to making law rather than interpreting it. Or, we could simply eliminate the Court altogether, and just make all decisions with an online opinion poll."
Gov. Bobby Jindal — currently on the presidential campaign trail in Iowa — sent out an email this morning decrying the U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage: "The Supreme Court decision today conveniently and not surprisingly follows public opinion polls. It tramples on rights that were once protected by the 10th Amendment of the Constitution," Jindal wrote, adding, "Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that." He concluded with a request for donations.
Later in the day, Jindal gave full voice to his objections in a POLITICO article
in which he declared:
If you’re keeping score at home, here’s where we stand:
· Words have no meaning;
· The Constitution is irrelevant;
· The First Amendment is under assault; and
· The Tenth Amendment is a relic to be ignored.
Jindal also suggested, sarcastically, "If I were a cynic, I’d tell the Supreme Court to stand for election, since they have now taken to making law rather than interpreting it. Or, we could simply eliminate the Court altogether, and just make all decisions with an online opinion poll. That would be cheaper for taxpayers."
Meanwhile, the Forum for Equality Louisiana
, which is planning a 6:30 p.m. rally tonight in Jackson Square, issued a statement from chair Chris Otten:
“We are very disappointed to announce that as of right now, we are unaware of any Clerks of Court issuing marriage licenses. The Attorney General and the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association have both advised that they do not believe the Supreme Court ruling yet applies to the State of Louisiana as a technical matter. We believe that this advice ignores the clear command of the Supreme Court of the United States, and it is further evidence of the discrimination and continued harm we have fought for more than twenty-six years to correct,” said Chris Otten, chair of the Forum for Equality Louisiana, the organization that filed Louisiana’s same-sex marriage case.
“We are currently exploring all options with our legal team, and we will update you as soon as we have more information. The great news: the question is no longer if Louisiana will get marriage equality; the question is now WHEN. And we will not stop fighting until all sixty-four parishes obtain real equality under the law, as promised by the Supreme Court’s decision today.”
“We hope Gov. Jindal does not continue to be a roadblock on the road to equality that 37 states have already traveled. Louisiana’s same-sex couples have waited long enough, often at considerable expense to protect their relationships and families."