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

thinkagain

When such degrading passions are celebrated, it is another sign that our country is being given over to the enemies of God.

MiddleRight

Don't worry, we are letting the Muslims take over and they won't allow it, even if the supreme court will.

44870 South

Ha Ha!!!

Eda M. Handly

Well, at least the supremes made one sound decision these past few months.

deertracker

Agreed!

itypedformiles

thinkagain just because you believe in fairy tales doesn't mean we all have to. This is a nation founded on religious freedom. Your stance against gay marriage is the same as the Taliban's stance against just about anything.

thinkagain

Believe whatever you like. Just keep going through life mocking your Creator. You don’t have to explain your choices now, there will come a time though.

LuvsPlant

Equality for all! Just think, just decades ago it was illegal in some states to marry interacially! Down with DOMA!

Informed

Yes, equality for all consenting adults!!!! If you don't approve of gay marriage, don't have one!

JudgeMeNot

For the rest who are celebrating including Obama, you will answer God's wrath.

meowmix

Finally, Liberty and Justice for ALL------------

Contango

With approx. 50% of marriages ending in divorce, this looks ultimately like a win for attorneys. :)

Legal fights against polygamy laws coming soon.

Blues

:)...

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The Hero Zone

I can see that, for sure, but I also see fights over the "benefits" of marriage. Why is it now that single people regardless of orientation do not qualify for the same benefits as a married couple? It is unfair to millions of single people who by choice or birth don't have access to the same benefits as married folk. While said a bit tongue-in-cheek, marriage is still an exclusive class of citizen after this decision.

Contango

Re: "...same benefits as a married couple,"

My issue EXACTLY.

As a libertarian, I don't necessarily care what a person does; I just don't want to help pay for it.

The Big Dog's back

What?

bigdad1205

Hey they got one right bout time after that obamacare screw up

ladydye_5

Other than in the BIBLE can anyone show where it is wrong for gay marriage?

Eph 2 8-10

God's word is the only thing that is important. I don't care for their life-style, but, it's their business. Not mine to judge.

Kottage Kat

AMEN
Preach it. Br.

dorothy gale

Your god's "word" tells you it's okay to sell your wife and daughters, kill your children and neighbors, own slaves, and many more atrocities. The "only thing that is important"? THAT mindset is the real cause of most of the world's ills.

The Answer Person

Please show us where it is stated in the bible about gay marriage.

Kottage Kat

Romans 1:20-32

dorothy gale

I don't see the word "marriage" anywhere in that passage.

KnuckleDragger

Good, now all the liberals won't mind having their taxes increased to pay for all the benefits for gay public employees. This won't end it though, next they will insist on special status when they divorce so that they aren't subject to the same misery that opposite sex married couples have when they divorce.

observer

I want to marry two women! Why can't I? Who has the right to tell me that's wrong? Hmmmm?

Sad day for America, IMHO.

meowmix

Do what the gays had to do for years and years until yesterday-- have a ceremony and marry two women if you so desire, just don't expect it to be recognized legally.

bucknut36

I just read where John Boehner spent $64,000 of taxpayer's money on coffe, doughnuts and catering. Nancy Pelosi spent $61,000. We have bigger problems than gay marriage in this country!

Informed

Observer, given that marriage is by definition a contract between TWO people to exclude all others, you can't marry two people.
Knuckledragger, did you stop to think about all the money that gay marriage will bring into the economy--marriage license fees, wedding expenses (sales taxes on goods and services, as well as income tax that those providers and wedding planners pay)?
Regardless, you can't deny someone equal rights because of economic reasons.

Informed

bigdad1205, ask parents of recent college grads if they think Obamacare was wrong! How is a recent college grad who hasn't yet found a job, or is working part-time, supposed to pay hundreds and hundreds of dollars a month for health insurance?

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