The Supreme Court’s gutting of the Defense of Marriage Act not only cleared the way for homosexual marriage to become the law of the land, it spurred a flurry of government activity as the Obama Administration rushes to review thousands of regulations affected by the court ruling.

The court majority’s opinion estimated there were at least 1,000 federal statutes directly affected by DOMA that would need to be changed, and the decision will prompt every agency across the government to go over its procedures to see what needs to be adapted or re-written.

For example, the ruling means that homosexual spouses in the military will now be eligible for housing, health care and education benefits they were previously denied.

All these government benefits will come out of taxpayers’ pockets, as will any state benefits that either fall under the court’s ruling or that may be created based on it.

The military has an estimated 70,000 homosexual members, according to The Hill, so the price tag for all these new benefits is potentially huge.

A statement on the Human Rights Campaign website states, “With the Defense of Marriage Act gone, the organization is pushing hard to ensure that the Obama administration cuts through regulatory clutter and delivers the greatest number of benefits to the greatest amount of people.”

Despite years of denials by activists that the quest for homosexual marriage was about garnering government money, clearly benefits are a huge prize for the homosexual movement.

The political capital gained is also important. Although DOMA was severely crippled by the court’s ruling, it technically wasn’t overturned, and some provisions might still apply.

Accordingly, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has introduced legislation to formally nullify DOMA in Congress. The bill has 39 co-sponsors.

After the court ruling Wednesday, prominent Democrats who had voted for DOMA originally were falling all over themselves to praise the decision. People from President Clinton to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid were suddenly all for homosexual marriage.

Politicians make a living by knowing which way the wind blows, so it should be no great surprise that they would jump on the bandwagon, particularly Democrats. President Obama, who was originally opposed to gay marriage before his first election, is now one of the biggest cheerleaders of the movement.

The long-term social impacts are difficult to predict with any precision, but some things seem certain: homosexual activists will step up their propaganda in Hollywood and schools; conservatives who opposed homosexual marriage will be targeted legislatively and in the courts for punishment; the court’s ruling has opened the way for legalization of any redefinition of “marriage,” from polygamy to child brides and worse.

Although the court’s majority couched its decision in the language of “equality,” that was the last thing that was advanced on Wednesday. The Supreme Court’s moral and logical confusion have opened a Pandora’s box, and Americans are bound to be surprised by what crawls out of it.