In a refreshing break from the normal push and pull of partisan politics, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) simply dismissed Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) statement criticizing the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision with a shrug and “Who cares?”
In press conferences earlier Wednesday, lawmakers on both sides of the gay marriage battle addressed the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate the Defense of Marriage Act, which was a law signed by President Bill Clinton defining marriage as between a man and a woman for the sake of federal benefits. The Supreme Court handed down the landmark ruling Wednesday morning, effectively legalizing gay marriage in states where civil unions were legalized.
Michele Bachmann and other Republican cohorts gravely addressed the decision as a societal failure to uphold traditional values.
"No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted," Bachmann said in the statement. "For thousands of years of recorded human history, no society has defended the legal standard of marriage as anything other than between man and woman."
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She continued to argue that the court’s decision "will undermine the best interest of children and the best interests of the United States."
A little later, Pelosi stood up with her Democratic counterparts in a separate press conference, which was when she was asked about Bachmann’s comments.
As can be seen in the video, Pelosi simply shrugs and mutters a “Who cares?” to the audience.
The minority leader lauded the court’s decision, claiming “justice was done for thousands of LGBT families nationwide.”
“This ruling will only make us work harder in the courts, in the state legislatures, everywhere to ensure that all men and women in every part of our country are granted equal rights no matter who they love,” Pelosi said.
Openly gay Rep. Mark Takano (D-CA), however, has a little more hope that Bachmann and others like her will eventually come around.
"In the fullness of time, I firmly believe with every conviction of my heart that every American will come to celebrate this decision,” he predicted. “This decision was not imposed on the American people. It really ratified what was already in the hearts and minds of the great majority of American people,” he said.
Takano also called on California to start sending out marriage licenses to same sex couples as soon as possible.
“I feel jubilation, I feel fabulous, I feel every gay word I can think of,” Takano joked.