Strike One: Jindal opposed same-sex marriages, while 37 states had already approved them, hoping the Supreme Court would leave it up to the states to decide. In a 5-4 vote the court ruled same-sex marriages legal in all 50 states.
Strike Two: Jindal then said he was waiting for a ruling from the U.S Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Pro-LGBT organizations had appealed the decision of a federal District Judge, who upheld the state’s ban on same-sex marriages.
The U. S Fifth Circuit Court, following the Supreme Court’s decision, told Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas to start issuing same-sex marriage licenses.
Strike Three: Jindal then said he wanted to wait and see what the federal District Court that approved the ban would do.
Last week, federal District Judge Martin Feldman reversed his previous ruling upholding the gay marriage ban, saying the ban violated the 14th Amendment. One wonders why he did not rule that way in the first place.
The mighty Jindal has struck out.
It’s not likely that Jindal will get another turn at bat since he is term limited and a new governor will be elected this fall. He still has allies in the Legislature who will try to beat the system and the U.S. Supreme Court.
And at least one clerk of court in Arkansas resigned because she decided she couldn’t in good conscience issue same-sex marriage licenses.
Other Deep South states are wracking their brains to see how they can circumvent the law of the land. Just as Jindal did, they will likely strike out, too. It is indeed hard to bring the Deep South into the 21st Century.
What was the national reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage? Polls indicate the decision is being viewed favorably by a majority of Americans.
The most recent poll shows that 59% support the Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.
On another decision, which has Republicans in an uproar, the Court re-affirmed the Obamacare law. At issue was whether government assistance could be provided for lower-income Americans buying health insurance through both state-operated and federally-run exchanges. The court said yes in a 6-3 decision.
National polls indicate that 64% of Americans support the Court’s decision. Support for each ruling is sharply divided by party. Most Democrats and Independents support both decisions, while most Republicans are opposed to both.
For Louisiana, the ruling on government assistance for low-income people buying insurance means that 138,000 people in the state will continue to have health insurance.
How is the Supreme Court viewed?
Once upon a time, the U.S. Supreme Court got rave reviews from conservative when it was considered the five conservatives on the Court ruled the roost. But no longer.
According to a Rasmussen poll, 60% of self-identified conservative voters now give the Supreme Court a poor rating. On the other hand only 17% of moderates and 8% of liberals think the Court is doing a poor job.
Liberal voters give the Court a 64% approval rating and 45% of moderates think the Court is doing a good job.
Opinions vary among age groups as well. Only 20% of those under 40 gives the Court poor marks compared to 36% of middle-aged voters and 44% of senior citizens.
Overall, 38% view the high court in a positive light, while 33% rate the Court’s performance as poor.