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

The Big Dog's back

OK, I give up. Why are you concerned about the disposable income of gay couples?

NotForLong

Eph 2 8-10 I'm directing my comment towards everyone who is citing the Bible and God as to why homosexuals shouldn't be permitted to marry.

Eph 2 8-10

See above edited response. Thank you. Have a great day.

JohnDorian12

This country is just 1 or 2 flushes away from going right down the toilet....our founding fathers must be turning over in their graves....all I know is if they're going to get the same privileges as my WIFE and I, when they decide to split, they BETTER have to go thru an actual divorce...then well see if they want true equality or just the benefits afforded to a man and a woman....I'm guessing when that comes around gays will whine about that too and have a
Parade......whatta joke!!!!! LOL

The Big Dog's back

So that's your reasoning?

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.

Informed

Bigdad, recent college grads couldn't get jobs long before Obamacare was even developed. When people aren't retiring until they're in their 70's, and companies only want people with "experience" instead of training them, it prevents new college grads from getting jobs.

grandmasgirl

As I told one friend. I don't care if you're gay. Just don't hit on me and keep your opinions to yourself. They told me that they are just like straights. They are attracted to some people and others, they are not. I am not in favor of gay marriage (or gay relationships), I also don't like my taxes supporting this style of living, but neither do I support giving my tax dollars to SSD or welfare to pay for those that DON'T want to work.

The Big Dog's back

Do you like their taxes that they contribute for police, fire, schools, roads, etc.?

grandmasgirl

I have to laugh at most of your comments. A lot of times your comments bring people like Pee Wee Herman to mind. Police, fire, etc. are paid by taxes to protect ALL people. They don't have their own agenda by putting out only fires of people that they agree with.

The Big Dog's back

I shake my head at most of your comments. YOU brought up your taxes supporting a gay lifestyle. In what way?

meowmix

give it up my friend...there's no arguing with a prejudicial mind set such as gg.....

grandmasgirl

How right you are. If I don't have the faith of my convictions, then why would I post.

jfoxlive

Romans 1:25-32. That will some it up. God gave them over to whatever they think is right. He is not going to argue with anyone about what they doing. You know right from wrong. So If you want to continue to do what is wrong, He will turn you over to it

Eph 2 8-10

AMEN.

meowmix

HUH??

Minuteman

What is the government doing in the marriage business in the first place? We don't need licenses, blood tests aren't required. Is it a money matter? Have a government sanctioned marriage for tax benefits or breaks? Marriage was a faith based activity for many years without our governing bodies holding a stake in it. Now that many things are regulated by the government, marriage is more about wealth than family. Without the taxes and legalities attached to marriage, it would be a totally different story.

JudgeMeNot

God Please have mercy on this country.

Sal Dali

This is America the land of equality, get used to it. Why deny anyone the right to marry because you personally do not like it? No one tries to deny heterosexuals the right to marry whom they want...do they? The divorce rate of heterosexuals is crazy in this country. Bible readers should understand, as someone has previously stated, the Bible was written by men and the compilation was carefully selected well after Christ died on the cross. The embodiment of Christ is meant to personify love, not hate, bashing or fear etc etc etc. There is some pretty violent and wicked stuff in the Bible, thank heaven (excuse the pun), that everything is still not as it was or we might have choir boys bringing down giants with slingshots and lopping off their heads.

deertracker

Agreed!

sandfreak13

Its as simple as this - you DON'T like it DON'T do it!!! if you DON'T wanna see it, TURN UR head!! You ain't the one doing it, you don't lay next to each other at night, why let it bother you! God says to love everyone equally, I am sure that's what he does to those who are gay!! Why be judgmental? Everyone will get their turn when their day comes at judgment day! Leave it alone! Maybe divorce rates and abuse on children will decrease! Only reason straight people do not like it, is because they are scared for change and because they are afraid that gays will out show them in what marriage is really supposed to be about.. Love is love!! E.Q.U.A.L.I.T.Y !!!!! Haters love is because we're better!!

CAST THE FIRST STONE

i am going to have my single dad marry my stepbrother so he can get his benefits. How many times do you think this will happen. Then when my dad passes my stepbrother can marry my real brother and my dads bennys will live on forever

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