Is Obama serious that the Supreme Court homosexual marriage decisions were "a victory for American democracy"?
President Obama makes me think of the book 1984 when he claims that the Supreme Court decisions on same sex marriage "a victory for American democracy." But how exactly is the decision to strike down an initiative supported by a clear majority of the California voters "a victory for American democracy"? A position that was twice approved by California voters. The point of the unanimous California Supreme Court, which the Supreme Court overturned, was that the very point of the initiative process was to force outcomes that politicians didn't want to happen. If you then leave it up to politicians to decide whether to defend the initiative, you give them the power to gut initiatives they don't like. Finally, it is amazing how inconsistent the two SC decisions are on standing. The court gutted initiatives, but since the Obama administration wouldn't defend DOMA, if they had used the same reasoning there, the court wouldn't have been able to gut DOMA. Whatever one's views on same sex marriage, these court decisions are lawless and are an attempt by justices to get political outcomes no matter what the cost is in other areas.