Supreme Court tosses anti-gay law

Parts of the Defense of Marriage Act ruled unconstitutional
Associated Press
Jun 26, 2013

Chanting "DOMA is Dead," supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers Wednesday at news of the Supreme Court's decision invalidating part of a law denying gay marriage partners the same federal benefits heterosexual couples enjoy.

Sarah Prager, 26, cried when she heard the news standing outside the court. Prager married her wife in Massachusetts in 2011 and now lives in Maryland.

"I'm in shock. I didn't expect DOMA to be struck down," she said through tears and shaking. Prager was referring to the Defense of Marriage Act, signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996, which was aimed at preserving the legal definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.

A large crowd had thronged to the high court's plaza earlier to await not only the decision on DOMA, but also a ruling on whether a constitutional amendment in California prohibiting gay marriage could stand the test of challenge.

Most of the crowd that spilled across the sidewalk in front of the court were gay marriage supporters. One person held a rainbow flag and another wore a rainbow shawl, and a number of people carried signs with messages including "2 moms make a right" and "'I Do' Support Marriage Equality." Others wore T-shirts including "Legalize gay" and "It's time for marriage equality." At several points the crowd began a call and response: "What do we want? Equality. When do we want it? Now."

Larry Cirignano, 57, was in the minority with a sign supporting marriage only between a man and a woman. He said he drove four hours from Far Hills, N.J., because he believed all views should be represented. He said he hopes the court follows the lead of 38 states that have defined marriage as between one man and one woman

George Washington University student Philip Anderson, 20, came to the court with a closet door that towered above his head. He had painted it with a message opposing the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as between one man and one woman and which the court is considering. His door read: "This used to oppress me. Repeal DOMA; Now. No more shut doors."

Thirty-four-year-old Ian Holloway of Los Angeles got to the court around 7 a.m. to try to get a seat inside the courtroom. Holloway said he and his partner had planned to get married in March but when the justices decided to hear the case involving California's ban on gay marriage they pushed back their date.

He said, "We have rings ready. We're ready to go as soon as the decision comes down." Holloway said he was optimistic the justices would strike down Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage in California.

 

Comments

bigdad1205

He can't get a job because companies aren't hiring full time in order to avoid paying for healthcare. I don't say the whole billed is flawed. Just the premise of government mandated healthcare is wrong. There are actualy some great parts to that bill just wrapped up in a bad package

The Big Dog's back

Those employers who tell you they aren't hiring because of Obamacare are LYING.

anthras

big dog, Could you please cite just one or two employers that have said they are not hiring because of Obamacare is LYING and what is your proof that they are lying ?????????????? I do not feel that no responsible person would make that statement without proof so I assume that you can prove what you said.

The Big Dog's back

How about you giving me the names of the employers who said this.

anthras

big dog, You stated that "Those employers who tell you they aren't hiring because of Obamacare are LYING" ergo you made a statement.

I then asked you a question about your statement I do not think that I actually made a statement about any employers that are not hiring either because or the lack of Obmacare.

In lieu of you answering my question you then asked me to give you the names of employers that I did not say anything about what they did.

When you asked me to give the names of the employers who said this I have no idea what you are talking about

The Big Dog's back

Since my initial reply wasn't to you and you decided to butt in, I feel no explanation is due to you.

deertracker

@Big Dog
Agreed!

gene44870

well so much for the Bible , I guess they dont believe in it

ladydye_5

CONSTITUTION says I do NOT need to believe in the BIBLE.

Eph 2 8-10

You are absolutely right! However, many of our laws and the constitution are based upon the values expressed in the Bible.

dorothy gale

Yeah, right.

dorothy gale

The Constitution does not mention the bible, the koran, the talmud. It does not mention God. It niether endorses nor prohibits any religious doctrine. Marriage is a LEGAL contract, not merely a religious rite, as evidenced by ships' captains and judges being allowed to officiate at the ceremony.

anthras

IN CONGRESS, JULY 4, 1776
The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America then in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Of course Obama when citing the above somehow forgets to mention that the founding fathers felt that we are endowed by our creator.

dorothy gale

That's the Declaration of Independence, NOT the Constitution.

anthras

the Declaration does give some insight as to what the founding fathers felt about god.

Does the constitution advise the right to sodomites marrying ?

The Big Dog's back

Your own post says ALL men are created equal.

meowmix

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Remarks that discriminate based on age, race, religion, disability, etc..

The Big Dog's back

Moderators have removed this comment because it contained Personal attacks (including: name calling, presumption of guilt or guilt by association, insensitivity, or picking fights).

dorothy gale

Did the founding fathers say they COULDN'T?

44846GWP

The Bible was the first work of fiction.

Eph 2 8-10

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JudgeMeNot

Regardless of how you feel about the verdict of this case, there should be no argument about the slimy snake in the White House.

registerer

So the California legislature passes a flawed law. The citizens realize that this law is flawed and take the proper and legal steps to place a referendum on the ballot which makes it illegal for gays to marry. The voters then go to the ballot and indeed overturn this law. The left leaning, liberals then decide to shove this up the taxpayers arse's by saying they can get married. Only in America can the gov't kick you in the nuts every day and tell you they don't really care what you say or want that they will decide what is best for you.

NotForLong

My God/Higher Power doesn't believe in hate and discrimination. I don't find the need to follow the Bible, wherein the very contents of aforementioned book, were chosen (or omitted) by men with ulterior motives. My God is loving and kind, not harsh and judgmental. If you want to believe in fire and brimstone, as well as the threat of burning for all of eternity in the fires of Hades, you have that right. But don't try to use your religion as an excuse to be cruel or hateful towards another human being. If your God is who you say he is...he would be ashamed of your behavior.

Eph 2 8-10

Whom are you addressing this to? I certainly didn't express any hatred.

By saying that I don't like a certain life-style doesn't mean I hate the people involved. I really wouldn't approve of lavender walls and purple trim in my living room. That doesn't mean I hate the colors. Matter of fact, I own a lavender shirt and a purple tie. It looks great with a dark blue blazer and gray pants.

Hope this helps you understand my viewpoint.

meowmix

LMAO over the lavender shirt/purple tie comment. Eph 2 8-10 did you know that lavender is the color most often associated with lesbian and gays? Best be getting rid of that shirt and tie before the devil gits ya!!

The Big Dog's back

Ooops, the cat's out of the bag.

Blues

Amen.

gene44870

this is where they need to change their course of thinking on this . Meaning the Judges that made the decision . How can they say this is unconstitutional when its wrote in the bible that people have followed for thousands of years and believed it for as many years ? And as far as god being mentioned in the courts , when you are sworn in to testify in a trial , dont they say so help you God ?
That tells me that the so called wisemen dont pratice what they believe in or are going against the believe to remain as a judge
Now this is what I am think about this and these people that so called get married in my eyes are not married but just going through the motions .. And yes , I do believe that God would be ashamed and you will pay for this sin in the next life

goofus

It has nothing to do with religion, it's all about the money and the disposable income of gay couples, trust me when I tell you this!!!!

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