In what is perhaps today’s least surprising news, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (that’s a mouth full so let’s just call them the Mormon Church) which filed a pair of briefs with the U.S. Supreme Court in January asking it to uphold California’s Proposition 8 and the federal Defense of Marriage Act, is not happy about today’s ruling.
Mike Otterson, spokesperson for the church, released the following statement:
“By ruling that supporters of Proposition 8 lacked standing to bring this case to court, the Supreme Court has highlighted troubling questions about how our democratic and judicial system operates. Many Californians will wonder if there is something fundamentally wrong when their government will not defend or protect a popular vote that reflects the views of a majority of their citizens.
In addition, the effect of the ruling is to raise further complex jurisdictional issues that will need to be resolved.
Regardless of the court decision, the Church remains irrevocably committed to strengthening traditional marriage between a man and a woman, which for thousands of years has proven to be the best environment for nurturing children. Notably, the court decision does not change the definition of marriage in nearly three fourths of the states.”