Conservatives and Christian leaders were dismayed last week as liberal-dominated U.S. Supreme Court legalized homosexual marriage in all 50 states and reaffirmed the legality of Obamacare.
President Obama, who opposed homosexual marriage until he was safely re-elected, praised homosexuals and their love and “dignity.”
“This ruling will strengthen all of our communities by offering to all loving same-sex couples the dignity of marriage across this great land,” Obama said.
The leadership of the Democrat Party in Oklahoma praised the idea of men marrying men and women marrying women.
“The Republican-led Supreme Court has decided, once and for all, that marriage equality is a legal right to all citizens,” said Mark Hammons, chairman of the ODP. “In a historic decision, written by a Republican justice, we can no longer deny that all citizens shall be afforded equal rights under the law. Many Oklahomans have waited decades for this day to come and many believed it would not happen in their lifetime.
“The Oklahoma Democrat Party believes that marriage is an important sacred union. We view marriage as a matter of faith and personal commitment and conscience. It is important to focus now on the economic challenges that face Oklahoma families.”
Republican reactions ranged from dismay to outrage.
“It is a sad day for religious freedom, for state’s rights and the future of America,” said Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City. “The Supreme Court has defied reason, the Constitution and God by declaring homosexuality to be marriage.”
The ruling drew fire from Christian leaders.
Dr. Anthony L. Jordan, Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Executive Director-Treasurer said, “Nothing has changed and everything has changed. Our position on marriage remains the same because our God and His truth have not changed. Marriage is biblically defined as the union of one man and one woman.
“A Supreme Court ruling, vote of congress, or poll of the people cannot change the truth of God’s Word. The landscape of law and our culture has changed. People of faith will face new challenges, and our religious freedom will likely come under assault. We will face those challenges with uncompromising faith and inclusive love for all.”
Dr. Hance Dilbeck, senior pastor of Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City, who is serving as BGCO President, said, “This court ruling reflects the troubling shift we are seeing in our culture, away from the Biblical view of marriage. At the same time, we recognize that the Christian view of marriage and sexuality always has been distinct, and often counter cultural. We stand by these convictions, and we will continue to contend for our views and live them out in our churches, while showing kindness and Christ’s love to all of our neighbors.”
Catholic Archbishop the Rev. Paul Coakley said, “Today is a moment of historic consequence for our nation. The Supreme Court has made a tragic error. This decision will have devastating consequences, especially for children today and for generations to come. No matter the court’s ruling, it cannot change what marriage really is. Marriage by its nature remains the union of one man and one woman. Marriage is a natural institution that predates and precedes governments and government regulation.
“Marriage is about far more than love shared between adults. Society needs an institution that connects children to their mothers and fathers, and marriage is the only institution that by its nature is able to accomplish this. Children have a basic right, wherever possible, to know and be loved by their mother and father together in a stable union.
“The Church will steadfastly defend this right, and continue to affirm the sanctity of marriage as established by God, written into human nature, and recognized as such for millennia. Even as Roe v. Wade did not end the public debate over abortion, this decision will not end the debate over marriage. I encourage prayers for our nation, for families and children, and for those who disagree with us. Now more than ever we have to be vigilant in our defense of religious liberty due to the threats that are sure to ramp up as a result of this decision and its consequences in law and in public opinion.”
The U.S. Supreme has upheld Obamacare despite the negative impact it has on America, said U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma.
“Despite the Supreme Court’s decision, Obamacare is still the number one job killer in America and responsible for the massive increases in insurance premiums,” said Bridenstine. “I am committed to repealing Obamacare – every single word – and replacing it with a system which empowers states and individuals to have the freedom and flexibility to make their own health care decisions.”
Bridenstine said Obamacare:
- Health insurance costs are up because of Obamacare – regardless of subsidies.
- Only 13 percent of Oklahomans receive the subsidies. Many of them would prefer to have their previous, lower cost plans and forget subsidies.
- Requested rate increases for 2016 are as high as 44 percent for Obamacare-compliant plans available in Oklahoma.
“These facts stand regardless of the Supreme Court decision,” Bridenstine said.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt disagreed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the King v. Burwell case.
“It’s disappointing the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Obama administration’s executive rewriting of the Affordable Care Act by ruling on the context of the statute rather than the plain language of the law,” Pruitt said. “The court acknowledged that the challengers’ arguments were strong, but focused instead on the outcome of their opinion. There’s no doubt the rule of law took a hit, but I won’t be deterred from continuing to fight for the rule of law and our founding principles.”
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, who has long opposed Obamacare, criticized the Supreme Court’s decision.
“I am disappointed the Supreme Court ignored the clear writing of the law,” said Inhofe. “By doing this, the Court is allowing subsidies to be awarded on federally established exchanges, further preserving the law. Obamacare has been broken from the very beginning. Rather than reduce the cost and increase the availability of health care options, the law has centralized decision-making in Washington to the detriment of the American people. Despite this ruling, my colleagues and I remain committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with patient-centered reforms that will reduce the cost of care such that subsidies are not required to make health insurance affordable.”
Inhofe is an original cosponsor of S. 336, the Obamacare Repeal Act and supports using budget reconciliation as a tool to repeal the law.
Gov. Mary Fallin took issue with the Obamacare decision.
“The Supreme Court’s decision today in King v. Burwell means that taxpayers will be, for the time being, stuck with a law that is deeply flawed, disruptive to the lives of American families and a destructive force in our economy,” Fallin said. “Health care decisions need to be left to doctors and patients; Obamacare erodes that relationship and replaces it with decisions made by bureaucrats. Successful health care reform would make health care less expensive and would focus on improved health; but Obamacare has led to ballooning insurance premiums shouldered by hardworking families without corresponding improvements in health outcomes.”
The court voted 6-3 that Americans who buy health insurance through a federal marketplace are entitled to receive taxpayer subsidies even though the law itself clearly states that subsidies can only come through state exchanges. Thirty-seven states – including Oklahoma – have refused to set up exchanges.