07/08/2013 11:14 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Henry Rollins: Misguided Outrage Over DOMA's Demise


When I read the Supreme Court's decision on the Defense of Marriage Act last week, I allowed myself a few moments of elation and then started scouring the Internet to read the reaction. The sentiments expressed by longtime marriage-equality advocates, while inspiring and sincere, didn't interest me nearly as much as the misguided outrage of those who find DOMA's demise to their disliking. It's fun to hear them howl.

It has been hard to get my head around how Justice Antonin Scalia rationalizes his decisions. His body blow to the Voting Rights Act was a head scratcher, but at least he was calm when he attempted to justify his odd logic. On DOMA, he was all emo. In an effort to hide his homophobia, he posited that both sides of the issue of marriage equality were cheated and that the 5-4 decision is guilty of "robbing the winners of an honest victory, and the losers of the peace that comes from a fair defeat. We owed both of them better."

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