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Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Nationwide Marriage Equality

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  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    The Supreme Court just overturned anti-gay marriage bans in all fifty states, immediately granting equal marriage rights to every American. Justice Kennedy wrote the 5-4 opinion.

    There are two parts to the ruling that are huge--every state must recognize gay marriages from every other state and every state must allow gay citizens to marry in their state.

    This is a great day for America. No longer can someone be denied a basic human right just because they love someone of the same sex. Why this is even up for debate baffles me, but at least we are finally righting this historic injustice that we have put our gay citizens through for hundreds of years.

  • Independent
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    What's next? Even the Pope starts thinking that "divorce" is not such a bad thing after all. Now he still has to approve abortions and admits that dead bodies can't fly by themselves to Mars. Then we are making progress.
  • Liberal
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:

    The Supreme Court just overturned anti-gay marriage bans in all fifty states, immediately granting equal marriage rights to every American. Justice Kennedy wrote the 5-4 opinion.

    There are two parts to the ruling that are huge--every state must recognize gay marriages from every other state and every state must allow gay citizens to marry in their state.

    This is a great day for America. No longer can someone be denied a basic human right just because they love someone of the same sex. Why this is even up for debate baffles me, but at least we are finally righting this historic injustice that we have put our gay citizens through for hundreds of years.

    A bad week for conservatives - gotta love it!
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    The final paragraph of the ruling is one of the most beautifully written paragraphs I've ever read from a Supreme Court Justice:

    "No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.

    The judgment of the Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit is reversed.

    It is so ordered."

  • Center Left
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    When I turned on the television today I was very pleased. My little country is starting to grow up.

    Never forget though that just because it's judicially equal doesn't mean that the haters won't hate and those selecting whom to hire won't continue to have old, evil ideas and inequities will continue. Hopefully all will continue to learn and grow.

  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    Here's President Obama's statement on the ruling.

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    TJ Wrote: Never forget though that just because it's judicially equal doesn't mean that the haters won't hate and those selecting whom to hire won't continue to have old, evil ideas and inequities will continue. Hopefully all will continue to learn and grow.
    Very true. The next step in this long fight will be the dozens of discrimination laws that states have throughout this country which openly allow an employer to fire someone for being gay. It's only a matter of time before those are struck down, but everyone knows that Republicans will fight tooth and nail to keep those anti-gay laws on their books as long as they possibly can.
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    jaredsxtn Wrote:
    TJ Wrote: Never forget though that just because it's judicially equal doesn't mean that the haters won't hate and those selecting whom to hire won't continue to have old, evil ideas and inequities will continue. Hopefully all will continue to learn and grow.
    Very true. The next step in this long fight will be the dozens of discrimination laws that states have throughout this country which openly allow an employer to fire someone for being gay. It's only a matter of time before those are struck down, but everyone knows that Republicans will fight tooth and nail to keep those anti-gay laws on their books as long as they possibly can.
    I'm kind of curious what the whole "clown car" bunch will use to attack these things; this is going to be a lot of fun; FOX news will make fortunes on all the hoopla.
  • Liberal Democrat
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    Then there is Mike Huckabee. From his Huckabee 2016 website:

    "The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do-redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.

    "This ruling is not about marriage equality, it's about marriage redefinition. This irrational, unconstitutional rejection of the expressed will of the people in over 30 states will prove to be one of the court's most disastrous decisions, and they have had many. The only outcome worse than this flawed, failed decision would be for the President and Congress, two co-equal branches of government, to surrender in the face of this out-of-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny."

    "The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature's God on marriage than it can the law of gravity. Under our Constitution, the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court. If accepted by Congress and this President, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment."

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    I think this pretty well defines Mike Huckabee. I don't need to elaborate on his own words taken from his own website.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Then there is Mike Huckabee. From his Huckabee 2016 website:

    "The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do-redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.

    "This ruling is not about marriage equality, it's about marriage redefinition. This irrational, unconstitutional rejection of the expressed will of the people in over 30 states will prove to be one of the court's most disastrous decisions, and they have had many. The only outcome worse than this flawed, failed decision would be for the President and Congress, two co-equal branches of government, to surrender in the face of this out-of-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny."

    "The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature's God on marriage than it can the law of gravity. Under our Constitution, the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court. If accepted by Congress and this President, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment."

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    I think this pretty well defines Mike Huckabee. I don't need to elaborate on his own words taken from his own website.

    One must ask huckabee why God said nothing about Israel (Jacob) marrying Rachel and Leah. And let us not forget Solomon. This is especially problematic from the Trinitarian standpoint as the Christ obviously knew about Israel and Solomon since he was there when it happened.
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    lonely bird Wrote:
    Schmidt Wrote:

    Then there is Mike Huckabee. From his Huckabee 2016 website:

    "The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do-redefine marriage. I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.

    "This ruling is not about marriage equality, it's about marriage redefinition. This irrational, unconstitutional rejection of the expressed will of the people in over 30 states will prove to be one of the court's most disastrous decisions, and they have had many. The only outcome worse than this flawed, failed decision would be for the President and Congress, two co-equal branches of government, to surrender in the face of this out-of-control act of unconstitutional, judicial tyranny."

    "The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature's God on marriage than it can the law of gravity. Under our Constitution, the court cannot write a law, even though some cowardly politicians will wave the white flag and accept it without realizing that they are failing their sworn duty to reject abuses from the court. If accepted by Congress and this President, this decision will be a serious blow to religious liberty, which is the heart of the First Amendment."

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    I think this pretty well defines Mike Huckabee. I don't need to elaborate on his own words taken from his own website.

    One must ask huckabee why God said nothing about Israel (Jacob) marrying Rachel and Leah. And let us not forget Solomon. This is especially problematic from the Trinitarian standpoint as the Christ obviously knew about Israel and Solomon since he was there when it happened.
    Don't forget the "Jesus" guy ran around with 12 guys all the time; so I guess since this guy never married, that he was gay ( like a lot of middle east men) and "loved" all his "friends" . Neither I've heard if "god" is married; how did he get a "son"? from a "virgin"? I don't know; must have been an accident with "sperm" coming via UPS from Mars via a flying camel. So I don't think anything "up there" knows what marriage is; another "human" invention?
  • Center Left
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    Huckabee is a MORON. The pres. race gets him air time on major news networks. What I think is very important is keeping it all in context. Mike, if the majority agreed with you (and yes many repubs may reconsider him because why hate in private when you can hate in prime time) you would be in first place instead of 9th or 10th place. That's why this 2016 race is soooo important. Imagine who will nominate the next couple of folks for the Supreme Court.

    Yesterdays ruling was proof of how important that is.