Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made it clear today that he’s had quite enough of Republican efforts to sabotage all of the progress that’s been made on civil rights for all Americans, calling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) “unhinged” for urging the Supreme Court to overturn the 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision that made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.
Schumer’s comments come after Cruz had the following to say during an appearance on a podcast over the weekend:
“Obergefell, like Roe v. Wade, ignored two centuries of our nation’s history. Marriage was always an issue that was left to the states. In Obergefell, the court said no, we know better than you guys do, and now every state must sanction and permit gay marriage. I think that decision was clearly wrong when it was decided. It was the court overreaching.”
And there it is. Ted Cruz says the Supreme Court was wrong to legalize same-sex marriage. pic.twitter.com/WoprwsLV4R
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In response, Schumer lit into Cruz and his Republican colleagues:
“As many have openly said, they have now turned their attention now on the Obergefell decision and marriage equality.
A few days ago, the Junior Senator from Texas said that the Supreme Court’s decision protecting marriage equality was ‘clearly wrong’ and argued that partisan state legislatures should determine who can or cannot get married. Other MAGA Republicans have echoed the same thing.”
He then added:
“We need to pause and think about how unhinged, unhinged this idea truly is.
“Fresh off repealing the rights of every single woman in this country, MAGA Republicans now want to reopen the doors for discrimination and hatred targeted against same-sex couples. Even one of the Justices on the Supreme Court indicated in his opinion that gay marriage should be reconsidered by the courts.”
Schumer concluded his remarks with a stunning rebuke of today’s Republican Party:
“This is the future that MAGA Republicans clamor for: where women and same-sex couples are branded as second-class citizens. If they succeed, they will take our country down a dark path from which there may be no return, although we will fight it tooth and nail. Every single American should stand in opposition against these MAGA Republican views.”
There was a time not so long ago when Republicans were fond of saying that the government had no right interfering in the private lives of Americans. Now, however, they’ve gone full Big Brother and cannot wait to stick their noses into every bedroom and doctor’s office. This is creeping authoritarianism, and it must be confronted.
It needed to be said, and Schumer said it perfectly.
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