The HillTube

Pelosi: 'Who cares' what Bachmann thinks of DOMA decision?

The high court's 5-4 decision to void much of the Defense of Marriage Act has reignited the fierce debate over gay rights and what marriage should look like in the eyes of the government. 

ADVERTISEMENT
Although the 1996 law barring same-sex marriage was signed by President Clinton and backed by a number of prominent Democrats — including Sen. Harry Reid (Nev.) and Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md.) — most of the Democratic support has eroded in the 17 years since, leaving Wednesday's reaction to the court's ruling to split largely on partisan lines.

Indeed, Democrats were quick to praise the decision as an historic mark in the evolution of human rights, while Republicans warned that it undermines an age-old institution and threatens the country's very social stability.

Yet even amid those ardent responses, Bachmann's stood out.

"Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted," she said in a 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. Only since 2000 have we seen a redefinition of this foundational unit of society in various nations. 

"Today, the U.S. Supreme Court decided to join the trend, despite the clear will of the people's representatives through DOMA," she added. "What the Court has done will undermine the best interest of children and the best interests of the United States." 

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) responded with the suggestion that Bachmann has combined religious belief and government function in a manner that defies the Constitution. 

"People can believe what they want. They can go to what church that they want — what synagogue, what temple, what mosque — and can believe what about marriage or anything else that they want," Nadler said Wednesday in the Capitol. "That's a question of religious belief. We're not dealing with religious belief in all of these questions; we're dealing with what the state or the federal government does."