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Conservatives on Rulings: 'So Much for Calling Balls and Strikes'

By    |   Sunday, 28 June 2015 08:32 PM

Two back-to-back landmark Supreme Court rulings stung conservatives late last week, and the reaction was strong on the Sunday morning news shows.

On Thursday, the court said people in states that use the federal health care exchange can continue to receive subsidies to pay for their health care premiums. On Friday, it ruled that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.

"So much for calling balls and strikes. I think justice Roberts is now counting foul balls as home runs," Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan told "Face the Nation" in reference to the healthcare ruling. "I think that they've done a great disservice to the country because they're rewriting laws at the bench."

Ryan said Republicans will now work on a comprehensive replacement plan for Obamacare, "and I think that's a healthy conversation we're going to have to have in this country."

Lousiana Governor and presidential candidate Bobby Jindal told "Meet the Press" that "You now have a court that's not reading the Constitution, not reading the dictionary."

Chief Justice John Roberts said in his gay marriage dissent that the ruling was not based upon the Constitution. Justice Antonin Scalia's healthcare dissent complained that words no longer have meaning.

Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, told "Face the Nation" that the fight against gay marriage is likely to be more long-term, like the abortion battle has become.

Christians "have to be the people who keep the light lit to the old ways when it comes to marriage and family, and that's going to be a generation-long skirmish," he said. "It's not going to be something that's going to be resolved in a presidential election or two."

Moore said that how his side seeks protections for people of faith, such as caterers or photographers who don't want to participate in a gay wedding, will depend on how the victors in the ruling react.

"Are they going to take a French revolutionary approach to the sexual revolution or not?" Moore said. "I think we have to hold by our First Amendment protections for people of faith and for religious institutions, because we're not going to be able to simply put our convictions in a blind trust."

Ohio Gov. John Kasich took a more resigned approach, telling "Face the Nation, "I do believe in traditional marriage, but the court has ruled, and it’s time to move on."

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum told the Family Research Council’s "Washington Watch" program that the same-sex marriage decision is an attempt to "affect the basic foundation of America," and "potentially disrupting the foundation of the world."

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Two back-to-back landmark Supreme Court rulings stung conservatives late last week, and the reaction was strong on the Sunday morning news shows.
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