The Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act sent lawmakers on both sides of the aisle bounding off in search of open microphones, a race to rapidly respond that led to some very knee-jerk reactions.
Tea party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., bemoaned the DOMA verdict, castigating the high court for wading into spiritual territory.
"Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy god has instituted,” Bachmann warned in a tersely worded statement.
When pressed about Bachmann’s pious posturing, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi defiantly shrugged it off.
“Who cares?” Pelosi asked a packed news conference.
Rep. Mark Takano, D-Calif., attempted to be more diplomatic about all the conservative hand-wringing.
“In the fullness of time, I firmly believe, with every conviction in my heart, that every American will come to celebrate this decision,” the openly gay freshman lawmaker asserted. “This decision was not imposed on the American people. It merely ratified what was already in the hearts and minds of the ... great majority of the American people.”