Court rulings by a seemingly loose canon style Supreme Court have damaged everything. And these cases have also revealed flaws in our system, for there are those among the political right who can see the Court's ruling on gay marriage as both attacking and supporting American values. The gay marriage ruling certainly goes against the moral foundations of America and sets up a war between secularists and Christians over religious freedom. Certainly secularists will support their liberal Christian friends in the latter demanding that their particular church be forced against its belief to perform Christian sanctified marriages. [ Interestingly, in a side note, it should be cle3ar that such a government forced religious marriage would be invalid in the eyes of God. Government cannot control God. He can simply ignore government as I believe he generally already does.] But back to the point of the ruling being both Un-American and American, Libertarians (extreme Conservatives) will say perhaps that the ruling is supporting Libertarian principles that say any American should be able to do what they want.
Therein lies the whole problem with that particular ruling and this liberal-like rebel activist Supreme Court. Any one of a few rulings could have been better than what the Court did. It is as if they had chosen to make the worst ruling politically and philosophically. A court that seems to rule for overall effect on society rather than on legality of an issue when placed against the Constitution (the Court's real job), this time they made the worst choice for American values. The ruling could have been to institutionalize once and for all the concept of civil unions; it could have set up gay civil marriage as a nationwide right; of course, it could have banned in all legal forms any official status for gay marriage. Civil marriage is and was within the Court's realm of judgement; I'm not sure that it really has any right to even comment on Christian sanctified marriage or any other religion's marriages. In fact, I'm sure it does not such right of comment or ruling.
And thus the actions of the highest court over decades and the actions of many presidents and especially this current rogue one have dented the hallowed document badly. Perhaps the damage is the most serious in the cases of court actions. The current Supreme Court has managed through very liberally biased rulings to sanctify as constitutional things that are not constitutional. It is a Dred Scott decision all over again; and, like that one that ruled illegally (unconstitutionally) against the slave Dred Scott, it seems to illegally set up a scenario where the Church and churches will be pressured (illegally and unconstitutionally) to sanctify homosexual marriages.
Thus one branch of government that was created in the Constitution is acting illegally. Add that to the rogue presidential administration and we are in trouble. Add that scenario to the wishy washy moderate stance of the Republican Party's power structure that rules the legislature and we are in big trouble. Add all of that to the liberalizing of the ill informed electorate, the influx of illegal immigrants, the support of the current administrations of illegals staying, and the recent rogue Court's ruling that states cannot demand voters prove citizenship to vote and we, as the original manifestation of America, are almost doomed.
The sad net result of all of this is that if and when we get a Conservative in office as president, he or she may have to bend the rules as the liberals have. I have heard that some conservative candidates have threatened to do away or change the Supreme Court, not technically within their legal rights under the Constitution. Well, you fight fire with fire. Perhaps the only way to undo the current illegal actions of this administration and court will be for the next Conservative administration to take similar actions.