Republican Reactions to Scotus Marriage Ruling, Ranked by Anger

Thanks to Andrew Prokop at Vox.com.
  1. 1.
    Ted Cruz
    Past day = "some of the darkest 24 hours in our nation's history." "Very definition of lawlessness," putting religious liberty "front and center in the target of the federal government."
  2. 2.
    Mike Huckabee
    "I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch...The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature's God on marriage than it can the laws of gravity."
  3. 3.
    Bobby Jindal
    "Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God and no earthly court can alter that. This decision will pave the way for an all-out assault against the religious freedom rights of Christians who disagree with this decision."
  4. 4.
    Rick Santorum
    "Today, five judges decided to redefine the foundational unit that binds together our society without public debate or input...I continue to stand for marriage, for families, for freedom."
  5. 5.
    Scott Walker
    "I believe this Supreme Court decision is a grave mistake. As a result of this decision, the only alternative left for the American people is to support an amendment to the Constitution to reaffirm the ability of the states to define marriage."
  6. 6.
    Rick Perry
    "I'm a firm believer in traditional marriage, and I also believe the 10th Amendment leaves it to each state to decide this issue. I fundamentally disagree with the court rewriting the law and assaulting the 10th Amendment."
  7. 7.
    Carly Fiorina
    "I do not agree that the Court can or should redefine marriage. Moving forward, however, all of our efforts should be focused on protecting the religious liberties and freedom of conscience for those Americans that profoundly disagree with today's decision."
  8. 8.
    Marco Rubio
    "I believe that marriage, as the key to strong family life, is the most important institution in our society and should be between one man and one woman...It must be a priority of the next president to nominate judges committed to applying the Constitution as written and originally understood."
  9. 9.
    Ben Carson
    "While I strongly disagree with the Supreme Court's ruling, the ruling is now the law of the land. I call on Congress to make sure deeply held religious views are respected and protected."
  10. 10.
    John Kasich (through a spokesperson)
    "The governor has always believed in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, but our nation's highest court has spoken and we must respect its decision."
  11. 11.
    Chris Christie
    "I agree with the dissent that Chief Justice Roberts authored today...That being said, those five lawyers get to impose it under our system. And so our job is going to be to support the law of the land, but I don't agree with the way it's been done."
  12. 12.
    Jeb Bush
    "I believe the Supreme Court should have allowed states to make this decision. I also believe we should love our neighbor and respect others, including those making lifetime commitments. In a country as diverse as ours, good people who have opposing views should be able to live side by side."
  13. 13.
    Lindsay Graham
    "I am a proud defender of traditional marriage...(but) I will respect the Court's decision...Rather than pursue a divisive effort that will be doomed to fail, I am committing myself to ensuring the protection of religious liberties of all Americans."