It’s been a momentous 48 hours for the country with two significant rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the Affordable Care Act and the rights of same-sex couples to marry.
We’ll have much more on these decisions tonight on the PBS programs NewsHour at 7 and Washington Week at 9. The panel on this week’s edition of Comment on Kentucky will explore the ramifications of both decisions for the commonwealth – especially the gay marriage ruling, which overturns the state’s ban on those unions.
Doug McSwain, an attorney with Wyatt, Tarrant, and Combs in Lexington, stopped by our studios yesterday afternoon for a brief conversation about the court’s decision to uphold Obamacare subsidies.
Local response to today’s marriage equality ruling has been swift from both sides. Gov. Steve Beshear, who appealed a federal judge’s ruling that Kentucky’s ban on gay marriages was unconstitutional, a stand that became part of the Supreme Court case, said today:
“Kentuckians, and indeed all Americans, deserved a final determination of what the law in this country would be, and that is the reason we pursued an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Today’s opinion finally provides that clarity. All Cabinets of the executive branch have been directed to immediately alter any policies necessary to implement the decision from the Supreme Court.”
Martin Cothran of The Family Foundation, an advocacy group that pushed the so-called Marriage Protection Amendment to Kentucky’s Constitution, said the Supreme Court had gone rogue.
“This has nothing to do with interpreting the Constitution; this has everything to do with an elite caste of judges who think they have the power to rewrite it. Judges are supposed to be impartial legal referees… In the name of ‘fairness’, liberals have politicized the judiciary and created an uneven playing field.”