The second decision is going to be even more problematic. It basically says that the Federal Government has the power to determine the essential nature of marriage in all 50 states regardless of the decisions of voters approving laws in their own State Constitutions. For centuries the history and culture of Western civilization has recognized the definition of marriage as a contract between one man and one woman. Many states have addressed this question and written laws to define marriage. Missouri voters in 2004 voted overwhelmingly to put that definition into our State Constitution. In their attempt to explain their decision, the justices claimed this decision would keep same sex couples from losing their dignity by being viewed as a "lesser family". Beside creating a slippery-slope situation where now bigamy or polygamy can be argued the same way, this decision is poised to trample all over the First Amendment rights of freedom of religion which is explicitly delineated in the Constitution. This will certainly create huge amounts of litigation and uncertainty for thousands of people.
I'm more than a little troubled by the Supreme Court taking the liberty of changing and making laws. I'm sure that many of those reading this report agree with one or both of these decisions and I respect your right to do that, but the frightening thing is that it is beginning to appear that "Executive Decisions" and "Supreme Court Interpretations" are rapidly taking the place of Legislative Branch which is the voice of the people. The next decisions they render may not please any of us. Two Hundred and Thirty Nine years ago last week, King George was using the same system of governing!