Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney pounced after a federal appeals court ruled that a voter-approved ban on gay marriage in California violated the Constitution.
"Today, unelected judges cast aside the will of the people of California who voted to protect traditional marriage," he said in a written statement. "I believe marriage is between a man and a woman and, as president, I will protect traditional marriage and appoint judges who interpret the Constitution as it is written and not according to their own politics and prejudices."
R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans in Washington has this rebuttal:
"In a time when conservatives agree that the institution of marriage is in need of support, Republicans should celebrate gay and lesbian Americans embracing the ideals of marriage and creating families. Governor Romney's comments attacking the court for striking down Proposition 8 reflect an unfortunate kneejerk opposition to expanding liberty and a poorly calculated political effort to appeal to a shrinking base of primary voters opposed to marriage equality.
The Supreme Court has repeatedly held that marriage is one of the most fundamental rights Americans have under our Constitution, found in the Constitutional protections of liberty, privacy and equal protection.
While politically more Americans are supportive of that fundamental right for all citizens, it is the Court's job to uphold these constitutional promises, and today the Ninth Circuit did so - no more and no less."