It's no surprise that Pelosi (D-Calif.), who hails from one of the more liberal districts in the country, would back the landmark ruling on gay marriage. But Republicans who are reeling from recent special election losses have been slow with their responses on the issue, perhaps calculating whether or not they want to issue firebrand comments about yet another wedge issue.
The issue is also sure to pop up in the presidential campaign, forcing Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and John McCain to re-iterate their positions on the wedge issue.
Pelosi said she would "encourage California citizens to respect the court's decision, and I continue to strongly oppose any ballot measure that would write discrimination into the state constitution. Today is a significant milestone for which all Californians can take pride."
House Minority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) is the first Republican leader out with a statement, saying "this ruling effectively opens the door to allowing the opinion of this state's court on same-sex marriage to stand as the law of the land for the entire country."
In his full statement, Blunt uses the phrase "unelected judges" twice, which is a message to the conservative base that more right-leaning judges should be nominated should John McCain be elected president.
The Crypt will update with other responses from congressional leaders.
UPDATE: Rep. Tom Feeney (R-Fla.) apparently got the GOP talking points: "I'm appalled that unelected judges have irresponsibly decided to legislate from the bench and overturn the will of the people," Feeney said.
This rhetoric raise a question for Crypt readers - How many state supreme courts have elected judges? According to this Wikipedia entry, about half the states have elected supreme courts, while the rest undergo a nominating process. Feeney's home state of Florida does not appear to elect its supreme court judges.
UPDATE II: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), has tossed in a few more conservative buzz words on this topic, discussing the "sanctity of marriage," "elitist liberal judges" and "judicial tyranny."
"We cannot allow activist judges to force their liberal views on American families that overwhelmingly support marriage between one man and one woman," DeMint said. "Families are the strength of America, and that's why we must protect marriage because we know children that are raised by a mother and father have the best chance to succeed in life."