Following Friday's Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all 50 states, proponents celebrated across the nation.
Chief Justice Roberts wrote in his dissent, "If you are among the many Americans—of whatever sexual orientation—who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today's decision."
However, he added, "...do not celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it."
Take Two asked Ron Prentice for his reaction to the ruling. He is the Chairman of Protect Marriage, the organization that sponsored Proposition 8, a measure to make same-sex marriage illegal in California. The measure passed in 2008 and was later overturned after several court battles, including one at the nation's highest court.
"[Friday's] decision is of no surprise," Prentice said. "We knew that Justice Kennedy would be the swing vote on this, and we knew of his desire to offer as many rights as possible to the gay population."
But Prentice expressed disappointment. "We have taken this to the highest court in the land and we have expected them to abide by the will of the people in 31 states where traditional marriage was protected," he said. "The Supreme Court has chosen to disregard states' rights and has moved forward with redefining marriage."
Andy Pugno, General Counsel for ProtectMarriage.com issued the following statement Friday:
“Today’s decision does grave injury to the basic concept that the people—not the courts—make the law. A bare majority of the Supreme Court has abruptly cut off this ongoing debate, unilaterally imposing its view of what’s good for society by suddenly discovering a new constitutional right that almost no one would have imagined just a few years ago. The ‘separation of powers’ they taught us in grade school is now dangerously out of balance, and it’s time to remind the government that all constitutional power ultimately resides in the consent of the governed—not in kings, dictators or judges.
“Regardless of today’s ruling, our coalition remains committed to strengthening and promoting the union of a man and a woman in a view of marriage that recognizes the higher purpose of serving the needs of children, not the personal desires of adults. We will continue to work toward a society that values the inherent right of every child to have both a mother and a father.”