CBS News provides some quotes from the dissenting justices in the Supreme Court’s gay marriage ruling.
Thomas’ criticism of the majority was scathing: “Perhaps recognizing that these cases do not actually involve liberty as it has been understood, the majority goes to great lengths to assert that its decision will advance the ‘dignity’ of same-sex couples…The flaw in that reasoning, of course, is that the Constitution contains no ‘dignity’ Clause, and even if it did, the government would be incapable of bestowing dignity.”
And he maintained that the court had “short-circuit[ed]” the political process by not allowing states to define marriage for themselves, and he predicted the majority’s decision could have “potentially ruinous consequences for religious liberty.”
Alito stood up for marriage as tradition that goes back for millenia, saying it was “inextricably linked” to procreation. He also wrote about about religious liberty in his dissent, saying the decision “will be used to vilify Americans who are unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.”
He imagined “that those who cling to old beliefs will be able to whisper their thoughts in the recesses of their homes, but if they repeat those views in public, they will risk being labeled as bigots and treated as such by governments, employers, and schools.”