“How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision – which applies only to civil marriages – changes that.” — President Obama, reacting to the Supreme Court ruling striking down a federal ban on same-sex marriages.
American Islamophobes are deemed to be “not conducive to the public good” by the British Government. Right on! This is not even about Islam and Islamophobia. It is about the type of society that we wish to live in, and whether we are to be a society of citizens ruled by law and mutual respect, or to live in an environment characterized by fear and paranoia.
WASHINGTON Justice Anthony Kennedy’s 26-page opinion Wednesday (June 26) striking down a federal ban on same-sex marriages offers a window into Americans’ rapidly shifting views of same-sex relationships — a shift that increasingly relies on matters of law and fairness, not moral or religious views.
The downfall of the Defense of Marriage Act means that same-sex couples must be afforded federal benefits in states where they are legally married. Here’s a look at which states allow gay marriage or unions.
With public opinion on legalizing same-sex marriage at a tipping point—most surveys find a slim majority now in favor—the ruling is evidence of a significant reversal in how Americans think about the issue.
In striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, the Supreme Court took a dim view of the motivation of Congress in prohibiting same-sex partners joined in matrimony by a state from obtaining the federal benefits to which married couples are entitled. In his well-nigh-apoplectic dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia sees this as an indication of what’s to come. Let us hope.
Of the many parents whom I know with neurologically or physically atypical children, I can’t think of one who has not come to understand her child as a gift and as a blessing, just the way that she is.
Orange, CA (6/26/2013) Presiding Bishop Peter E. Hickman of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion released this statement in response to the Supreme Court’s rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8. Bishop Hickman applauds the Supreme Court’s actions, and encourages continued efforts to bring full equality for all gay and lesbian individuals in each state.
Today the Supreme Court handed down decisions in two important cases. It struck down a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) which defined marriage as between one man and one woman, therebyextending federal rights and protections for legally marred same sex couples. And, it dismissed an appeal regarding California’s Proposition 8, clearing the way for same sex marriage to resume in California. We applaud the Court for taking these steps, and look forward to the changes which these decisions will bring about in our society.
While these rulings are positive steps forward, they are only two steps in the process of establishing equal rights and protections for all. Currently, same sex couples are allowed to legally marry in only a handful of states. We must continue the efforts to bring full equality for all in each state.
Since some have opposed the extension of legal rights and protections to same sexed couples on religious grounds, we offer our perspective on this matter as Ecumenical Catholics. We affirm the goodness of creation, and the human body, in the context of the incarnation of God in Christ.
It’s hard to find a person who doesn’t have a strong opinion about today’s double wins for gay marriage rights at the Supreme Court. Here is reaction from religious leaders who rejoice at the decisions, and from others disappointed in the court’s action. We also hear from the religiously unaffiliated.
The Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act in a 5-4 decision. The court also ruled that same-sex marriage will be available in California, at least where court clerks take the position that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional. This post will be updated as we gather more reactions.
This is a Roe v. Wade-type decision, with massive implications for the future. And, for religious liberty.