Southern leaders are finally showing the courage to reject the traitor flag of the Confederacy, but South Dakota’s pols responding to the Supreme Court’s affirmation of the marriage equality sound like they want to fly the Stars and Bars in Pierre.
It has always been my position that the citizens of our state should define marriage, and not the federal government…. Five members of the U.S. Supreme Court have now determined neither the States nor our citizens have the right or the ability to define marriage [SD Attorney General Marty Jackley, press release, 2015.06.26].
Today’s ruling is a blow to state’s rights…. I believe states have a constitutional role in setting their own policy on marriage. Marriage is between a man and a woman, and traditional families play an important role in the fabric of our society [US Senator M. Michael Rounds, quoted in Amber Hiles, “Flags Fly, Couple Celebrate in Mitchell Following Same-Sex Marriage Announcement,” Mitchell Daily Republic, 2015.06.26]
The government shouldn’t be dictating how the states operate in the first place. They shouldn’t have gotten involved in the marriage issue [SD Rep. Dan Kaiser, quoted in Katherine Grandstrand, “Local Politicians Divided on Same-Sex Marriage Decision,” Aberdeen American News, 2015.06.27].
Governor Dennis Daugaard, unlike Texas Governor Abbott and Louisiana Governor Jindal, appears to recognize that “Supreme” means supreme and immediately enacted the Court’s ruling.
But Marty, Mike, Dan—you really want to fly the states’ rights flag? Your states’ rights complaints are so 1861.