Those who defend the defiant lawmakers argue, unconvincingly, that the refusal to vote is some noble act of civil disobedience. They’re the same people who vest their authority in this same court’s decision to allow gay marriage. So which opinion is OK to ignore?
Permitting and excusing such inconsistent behavior is a hallmark of states that are subject to the rule of men rather than the rule of law. We are reaping what we have sown.