Quote of the Day: President Obama

“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.

Geller and Spencer not welcome here from Hope Not Hate petition site

“Not Conducive to the Public Good”: American Islamophobes barred from the UK

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.

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The map of gay marriage

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.

A symbolic marriage cake in favor of allowing SSM in Italy

On DOMA, Scalia has a point

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.

Ecumenical Catholic Communion supports DOMA and Proposition 8 decisions; continued efforts to extend rights and protections encouraged

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.

David Baker of Washington, a 24-year-old native of Salt Lake City, stood outside the Supreme Court Tuesday (June 25) hoping for a decision in support of gay marriage. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Reactions to gay marriage wins at Supreme Court

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.

Ronald Brock, a Detroit native who travels the country sharing a “prophetic message” from God, stood outside the Supreme Court Tuesday (June 25) hoping for a decision against gay marriage. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks

Twitter reactions to #Supreme Court DOMA ruling

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.