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

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


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“Today is a tragic day for marriage and our nation. The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act.  The Court got it wrong. The federal government ought to respect the truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman, even where states fail to do so. The preservation of liberty and justice requires that all laws, federal and state, respect the truth, including the truth about marriage.”

- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

“The enormity of today’s decisions cannot be overstated. The combined impact of these two rulings puts our nation further down the inevitable and proper path towards full marriage equality for the LGBT community. All Americans should rejoice in today’s decisions because they bring us that much closer to fulfilling the promise of our Constitution.”

- Rev. C. Welton Gaddy, president of Interfaith Alliance

“We have seen a rapidity of cultural change that is mind-boggling. Christians of every denomination need desperately to repent of our sin, call upon the name of the Lord, and be more involved than ever in being salt and light! We should be thankful that our God is not involved in changing his mind or listening to every wind of culture…We believe this is a wrong decision with far-reaching moral and religious liberty implications.”

- Frank S. Page, President and CEO, Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention

“We have long believed that the principle of equal treatment under federal law means equal treatment for all. The Court’s landmark decision in Windsor affirms the principle that legally married same-sex couples are entitled to all of the federal rights, protections and benefits of civil marriage. The Court’s second decision in Hollingsworth v. Perry is good news for same-sex couples in California. We welcome that result and will continue to work towards the day when all states in the nation will allow civil marriage for same-sex couples.”

- Barry Curtiss-Lusher and Abraham H. Foxman, national chair and national director, respectively, of the The Anti-Defamation League

“The Supreme Court had the opportunity to uphold both marriage and democracy, and it did neither. The Supreme Court also did not unilaterally create a new right to redefine marriage. Instead the Court has allowed the conversation on marriage to continue.”

- Galen Carey, Vice President, National Association of Evangelicals 

“We are deeply saddened by today’s decision to not only allow but encourage same-sex marriage in our country—a country that was founded on biblical principles. We mourn for America’s future, but we are not without hope. Our next line of defense is to vigorously protect our religious liberty.”

Tim Wildmon, president of American Family Association

“My greatest desire before I die has been for my marriage, my love, for Phillip, to be recognized by my government…Today is a great day for justice. This is a great day for the U.S. and a great day for the advancement of equality under the law, and a great day for families and for children and for love.”

- Rev. Troy Perry, founder, Metropolitan Community Church

“It is clear from today’s two rulings that the ball has been moved down the field to a point where the pro-gay marriage side is in the red zone. Whether they can be stopped from crossing the goal line depends solely on the prospects of having a constitutional amendment affirming marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The 38 states needed to pass such an amendment are not the problem—we already have 38 states that have their own laws restricting marriage to a man and a woman—the problem is getting two-thirds of the House and two-thirds of the Senate to agree…The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops supports a federal marriage amendment. The Catholic League does as well.”

- Bill Donohue, president, Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights

“This is a proud and momentous day for all who have suffered under this law and felt discrimination based on their sexual orientation. It is a victory for the principle that civil rights belong to all…While I am disappointed that the Supreme Court did not declare the freedom to marry as a constitutionally-protected “equal protection” right that would apply to all states, I applaud this historic step towards equality.”

- Rev. Peter Morales, president, Unitarian Universalist Association

“Today’s Supreme Court opinions on marriage are a stunning and indefensible display of judicial activism…Sadly, these twin decisions will undermine the already low respect for the federal courts and the rule of law.  They underscore why people of faith must remain engaged and energetic in seeing genuine conservatives nominated and confirmed to the federal courts.”

- Ralph Reed, chairman, Faith & Freedom Coalition Chairman

“As members of the Catholic Church and citizens of the United States, we are elated that the U. S. Supreme Court has both struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and cleared the way for marriage equality in the state of California. We are especially pleased to see that Justice Anthony Kennedy, a Catholic, wrote the opinion striking down DOMA, and that Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who is also a Catholic, concurred in this historic decision.”

-Equally Blessed, a coalition of four Catholic organizations  

“As an organization grounded in the values of secularism and humanism, which recognize the intrinsic value of every person, we are delighted to celebrate these milestones in the struggle for full equality before the law for all citizens. DOMA and Prop 8 were betrayals of the secular ideals set forth in our founding documents, relegating LGBT Americans to second-class status. The Court’s rejection of these measures strongly reinforces the idea that religiously based attitudes on sex and marriage will not stand in the way of granting fundamental rights to anyone.”

- Michael De Dora, Director of Public Policy, Center for Inquiry

“While we are disappointed in the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the court today did not impose the sweeping nationwide redefinition of natural marriage that was sought. Time is not on the side of those seeking to create same-sex ‘marriage.’ As the American people are given time to experience the actual consequences of redefining marriage, the public debate and opposition to the redefinition of natural marriage will undoubtedly intensify.”

- Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council  

“We are ringing our bells at the Cathedral to celebrate the extension of federal marriage equality to all the same-sex couples modeling God’s love in lifelong covenants. Our prayers for continued happiness are with them and with all couples who will be joined in matrimony in the years to come, whether at Washington National Cathedral or elsewhere…Today’s rulings advance civil marriage equality, but they should also serve as a call for Christians to embrace religious marriage equality.”

- Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral

“I applaud the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. This was discrimination enshrined in law. It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it. We are a people who declared that we are all created equal – and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.”

- President Barack Obama

“Hispanic Christians are both in support of biblical marriage and against homophobia. Today’s ruling opens the door for inevitable intolerance towards people of faith who repudiate bigotry, defend the image of God in all human beings and also believe that marriage is a sacred union defined by Him.”

- Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President, National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference

“Regardless of the court decision, the Church remains irrevocably committed to strengthening traditional marriage between a man and a woman, which for thousands of years has proven to be the best environment for nurturing children. Notably, the court decision does not change the definition of marriage in nearly three fourths of the states.”

- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

“I join with millions of Christians across the country in celebrating today’s Supreme Court rulings that extend equal protection under federal law to all marriages and allow marriage equality to resume in California. We are moving ever closer to civil laws that recognize the God-given dignity and equality of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender sisters and brothers.”

- Rev. Gay Clark Jennings, president of the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church

“This decision is far-reaching, with massive implications for family life and religious liberty. The grounding of this decision in equal protection and human dignity means this is not simply a procedural matter of federalism. This is a new legal reality. Regardless of what happens with marriage, the gospel doesn’t need ‘family values’ to flourish. In fact, it often thrives when it is in sharp contrast to the cultures around it.”

- Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention 

“We aren’t done, not nearly done. Changing legal architecture provides recourse against acts of discrimination. The Court rightly bolstered the bedrock for equality. What needs to also change are social attitudes. Now it is up to us to shape the social architecture toward justice and to further expand the atmosphere of its reach.”

- Jason Frye, coordinator, LGBTQ Humanist Council

“Society’s mores may shift and crumble but eternal verities exist.  One is marriage, the union of a man and a woman. Its sanctity may have been grievously insulted by the High Court today, but that sanctity remains untouched.”

-Agudath Israel, a national Orthodox Jewish organization 

“In response to the decisions announced today by the United States Supreme Court with reference to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8, we reiterate the historical position of the Jewish faith, enunciated unequivocally in our Bible, Talmud and Codes, which forbids homosexual relationships and condemns the institutionalization of such relationships as marriages. Our religion is emphatic in defining marriage as a relationship between a man and a woman. Our beliefs in this regard are unalterable. At the same time, we note that Judaism teaches respect for others and we condemn discrimination against individuals.”

- Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America 

“I am grateful that the Supreme Court upheld the right of the states to legally define marriage as the union of a man and a woman, rather than striking down such laws via judicial fiat. However, I am concerned that the Court’s uniformly negative portrayal of opponents of same-sex marriage in United States v. Windsor is both false and demeaning. And I am concerned that its Fifth Amendment reasons for overturning the federal definition of marriage (in the Defense of Marriage Act) will be used in the future to overturn similar state definitions.”

- George O. Wood, General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God

“Civil marriage law should be based on principles of fairness, liberty and equality, not religious doctrine. These decisions are important steps toward that goal. Religious Right groups and their allies are fighting a losing battle to impose their theology and moral views about marriage on everyone. The decisions today are two more losses for their discriminatory agenda.”

-Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director, Americans United 

“On behalf of the 1,700 rabbis of the Rabbinical Assembly, I Join with Jews across California and the United States in acknowledging today’s Supreme Court decisions as opening the way for loving and committed same-sex couples to enjoy the rights and privileges of marriage. This is most clearly modeled in the case of Edith Windsor, a Holocaust survivor who enjoyed a loving relationship with her wife of many decades, and had been unable to inherit her partner’s estate as her spouse.”

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik, president, Rabbinical Assembly

“As Christians, we believe and confess that God Himself instituted marriage as the life-long union of one man and one woman. Same-sex unions are contrary to God’s will, and gay marriage is, in the eyes of God, no marriage at all. As Christians, we proclaim this truth, no matter what the courts or legislatures may say. We are called not to popularity but to truth. Therefore, we call on our fellow Christians to be faithful first to God’s Word, knowing that another court is ultimately supreme.”

-Rev. Bart Day, executive director, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod’s Office of National Mission

“While our community faces many other significant challenges, marriage equality is an issue that affects many transgender people in this country. It’s good for all of us when the government gets out of the business of using gender to decide who gets access to certain benefits. This is a tremendous victory for the entire LGBT community. We urge the state of California to act quickly to allow same-sex couples to marry again.”

- Masen Davis, Executive Director of Transgender Law Center

“The Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which we vigorously opposed when it was first considered, has been an offensive and discriminatory measure since its passage in 1996. Since then millions have been denied fundamental rights because of the impact of this ill-advised law. Though that law still stands, today’s ruling in Windsor v. United States promises to lessen some of its most damaging effects. By striking down Article Three of DOMA – a section of the law that the Obama Administration stopped defending several years ago – the Court has enabled legally married same-sex couples to receive the same federal benefits, rights and responsibilities as married heterosexual couples.”

- Union for Reform Judaism, the Central Conference of American Rabbis, Women of Reform Judaism and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

“The Court’s decision today has failed the people of California because it has the potential effect of nullifying the Citizens of their lawful vote. While we recognize that certain members within our society think that justice has been served, they should consider how they will feel one day when their rightful vote is stripped of meaning on some future issue just because the ruling political party disagrees with the people’s vote and chooses not to defend the law.”

- Robert Tyler, General Counsel, Advocates for Faith & Freedom

“We at Muslims for Progressive Values are thrilled in the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the definition of marriage as being exclusively between a man and a woman. The Quran defines marriage as the union of two souls. We congratulate the Supreme Court for affirming the universal values of justice and equality for all and in its decision to dismiss the appeal of Proposition 8.”

- Ani Zonneveld, President, Muslims for Progressive Values

“We are stunned at this decision today to take a 360-degree turn away from the biblical definition of marriage. While this decision is a setback to all we have fought for to protect marriage, we must continue to work to keep marriages and families intact, the way God intended them, and  pray for a continued revival of the values upon which this country was founded.”

- Sam Rohrer, president, Pennsylvania Pastors’ Network

“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.”

- Rev. Peter E. Hickman, Presiding Bishop, Ecumenical Catholic Communion 

“Today is a devastating day for traditional marriage and religious freedom. In spite of the blow to this sacred union, we must always remember that marriage is precious, a biblical gift, and one that should not have been tainted by redefining it in a way that is counter to God’s plan for families and for America. Defining marriage for the American people is way above the Supreme Court’s pay grade. God created marriage and He has defined its parameters, regardless of what the majority of Supreme Court justices might think.”

- Richard Land, President, Southern Evangelical Seminary

“The Court ignored the votes of a large bipartisan majority of members of Congress. It is absurd for the Court to suggest that Congress does not have the power to define the meaning of words in statutes that Congress itself has enacted…This is a serious loss for federalism and democratic self-government. We must work to reverse it and to defend the rights of all Americans to make marriage policy.”

- Ryan T. Anderson, scholar, Heritage Foundation 

“Freedom and equality won today as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the US Constitution and every family. Children in California now know their families will be treated equally. Today, every American is free to live in the assurance that their loved ones will receive all benefits the US gives to any other family. As the head of MCC, a global church founded on the belief that all people are created equal before God and the law, I am thrilled that the Supreme Court decided that the US Constitution applies to all of us, regardless of our sexual orientation or gender identity.”

- Rev. Nancy Wilson, moderator, Metropolitan Community Churches

“NCJW hopes that this decision serves to highlight the uneven rights of LGBT people around the country and will inspire more states to join the growing number of marriage equality states. NCJW, long an advocate for marriage equality, pledges to redouble its efforts to win this important right nationwide.These decisions are a victory not just for the LGBT community but for all who value equality and fairness.”

- Nancy K. Kaufman, CEO, National Council of Jewish Women 

 “The decision by the United States Supreme Court not to rule in favor of proposition 8 is a slap in the face to the entire democratic process by which the will and voice of the people are respected by our courts. This is a terrible setback for not just the proper definition of marriage, but even more importantly to have the voice of the voters of California respected by their courts.”

- Brad Dacus, President, Pacific Justice Institute

“The good news is that Judge Walker’s decision has no precedential value. Marriage advocates now must look for a new way to get back in court to overturn his aggressive decision that marriage is rooted in hatred and bigotry, not  as we understand it: in the love of husband and wife who can be mother and father to their children.”

Maggie Gallagher, fellow at the American Principles Project

“Efforts to restrict same-sex couples from access to civil marriage are blatant attempts to insert religious beliefs into our secular government. We applaud the Court’s decision on DOMA and Proposition 8, but we recognize there is still a lot of work to be done throughout the country in ensuring that marriage equality is the rule for all.”

- Edwina Rogers, Executive Director, The Secular Coalition for America

“Today the Court wisely stopped the federal government from its practice of discriminating against loving couples on account of politicians’ religious bias. The Religious Right may have fought hard, but the Constitution won.”

- Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director, American Humanist Association

“Despite the Supreme Court’s decision, the debate over marriage has only just begun. The court’s decision does not silence the voices of Americans. Marriage–the union of husband and wife–will remain timeless, universal, and special, particularly because children need mothers and fathers. This has been the experience of diverse cultures and faiths throughout history, including the American experience, and that will not change.  Americans should be able to continue advancing the truth about marriage between a man and a woman and why it matters for children, civil society, and limited government.”

- Austin R. Nimocks, Senior Counsel, Alliance Defending Freedom

“This is a great day for marriage equality, for all couples, gay or straight, because the Supreme Court has underscored the central point that marriage is ultimately about deep commitment between two people who love one another, not prescribed gender roles. While we still yearn for the day when equal marriage is fully legal, granted and protected in all 50 states, this is a great step toward full freedom and recognition for LGBT people by the U.S. federal government.”

- Rev. J. Bennett Guess, executive minister, United Church of Christ’s Local Church Ministries

“We are devastated that the Supreme Court succumbed to political pressure by voting to weaken the sacred institution. They neglected our most precious children who need a mother and a father united in marriage for healthy development. The African-American community has already been plagued with problems related to children growing up in single parent households. This ruling will only accelerate the further erosion of our communities and society.”

- Rev. William Owens, President of the Coalition of African-American Pastors  

“Scripture teaches us that God shows no partiality. Today our country has moved closer to this vision of equality and unity, and I give thanks for our progress. Now, as always, the ability to create a more just and caring country lies with us. Heartened by today’s decisions, may we recommit ourselves to this difficult but holy work.”

-Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington 

“Full recognition of marriage equality—the right to marry the person one loves regardless of gender—is a right whose recognition is long overdue. Today’s decisions are a large, but, unfortunately, incomplete, step in that direction…In the wake of today’s decision, AJC will continue to seek full legal recognition of same-sex marriages. Indeed, we will shortly join in one such brief in Illinois.”

- Marc D. Stern, General Counsel, American Jewish Committee

“In light of today’s Supreme Court opinion, it seems imperative to remind the faithful of the Archdiocese for the Military Services that they must never forget that all, regardless of their sexual inclination, must be treated with the respect worthy of their human dignity. As you know well, the Catholic Faith teaches clearly the biblical principle that all persons, regardless of their sexual inclination, are called to chastity regardless of their state of life..I call on all Catholics and men and women of good will to make their voices heard through the democratic process by upholding marriage in their home states.”

- Rev. Timothy P. Broglio, Archbishop for the Military Services, USA

 “We have said from the beginning that the proponents of Prop. 8 couldn’t demonstrate a single way they would be harmed by loving same-sex couples marrying in California. Marriage will be restored imminently and we look forward to decisive leadership from our elected officials in reinstating marriage for all people in every community across the state. Today is a day for celebration.”

- John O’Connor, executive director of Equality California  

 “My faith says that all persons are beloved by God and created in God’s image. This means that people should be able to marry the person they love. The Supreme Court took a historic step forward today to protect the constitutional rights of many same-sex couples who choose to enter the sacred bonds of marriage.”

- Rev. Katharine Rhodes Henderson, president of Auburn Theological Seminary

“We applaud today’s historic decisions by the Supreme Court to strike down discriminatory laws as a major victory for equal rights for LGBTI people in the United States. We believe that this is one of the necessary steps to ensure that the human rights of people of all sexual orientations are respected everywhere in the world.”

- Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service   

“The driving force behind the denial of marriage equality for same-sex relationships has always been misused religious belief. Today the Supreme Court said that individuals and their religious beliefs cannot prevail over the state in its responsibility to protect and defend the rights of its citizens.”

- Rev. Cindi Love, Executive Director, Soulforce

“The Supreme Court has ruled on gay marriage but this highly complex and emotional issue is far from being settled.  The attempt to reshape or redefine marriage will be met with fervent and persistent opposition.  Just as forty years after Roe v. Wade abortion opponents continue to fight for the pro-life agenda, pro traditional marriage supporters will fight on as well.”

- Rick McDaniel,  founder/senior pastor, Richmond Community Church in Richmond, Virginia  

“Despite the unsettling outcome of the Supreme Court’s ruling, the archdiocese is grateful for the ongoing efforts undertaken by those who uphold the authentic meaning of marriage and thankful that the Court’s rulings respect individual states’ right to recognize that true meaning. The archdiocese will continue to educate Catholics and the wider community about the truth of marriage as the union between one man and one woman.”

- Archdiocese of Washington

 

25 Comments

    • It must be saddening to see your god become more and more obsolete every day…..when we can clone a human from the DNA of a gay couple, will you weep even more or cry out, “my god my god, why have you forsaken my benighted beliefs?”

      • We cannot clone humans. We’ve tried multiple times yet it always fails. There are no other equations to being able to recreate life through artificial means. If nature is doing it right who are we to mess with it? As a human race we’ve done more to disrupt earths processes than to help. Do you really think human reasoning is sound and logical? For as long as human history has been around we’ve never been able to solve our most basic problems. So involving two same sex people together is considered a way to encourage human equality, where do we draw the line now? Natures intention was for a male and female. Simple as that. Just because you feel something should be right doesn’t mean it is.

        • David Thompson

          In the first place you don’t draw the line, it evolves and has always evolved. And if you don’t think things are better than they were 100 years ago then you must be living in a hole. Science and it’s spine-off technology have done more for the world in the last 350 years than all the time before it.

          Can we clone someone today? Perhaps not, but we will, because we will have the technology. And if it can happen it will happen. That’s progress. Will we make mistakes. You bet, but we will improve.

          These bronze age, iron age, and medieval imaginary friends will always fail to materialize. Why? Because they are imaginary!

          Year after year religious evangelicals whine: The sky is falling, the sky is falling. The great apocalypse is coming. Jesus is going to return like Superman and save the day for the “SAVED”. Until asteroid or other NATURAL disaster kills everything on this planet, the evangelical fundamentals will be whining.

          Religious people are like an obnoxious brat kid, they just never shut up.

      • Saul,
        God does not change…mankind does. This world has seen the rise and fall of many civilizations. Today’s news just confirms that the American culture is continuing to fall into the same steps of decline of so many before it. Study history and you will see that these issues and their implications are not new…and their consequences are not unknown. Truth exists independently of opinion or the decisions of nine in robes. You can hate it, you can deny it, but it does not matter.

        • David Thompson

          Imaginary things always remain imaginary, no matter what you believe. All nations rise and fall. The US like most other great nations in history have overextended its Imperial ambitions and will pay the consequence for that over generations.

          But we can be comfortably happy in knowing there is nothing but nature. Why? Because there has been zero evidence for anything other than nature. No miracles. No unexplained demons and no imaginary friends becoming real. There’s unbelievable new things to learn, but they will come as a part of nature. If I am wrong, I would love to see it and examine it, but until then it’s just evolution of people, culture, and technology. .

      • They did talk about chastity. I guess this means that Christians don’t have to worry about sex anymore. Seriously, the needy are in greater need than knowing who’s sleeping with who.

      • God has not been diminished in the least. His truth will prevail and there is nothing anyone can to to prevent it. Sorry but your position is a guaranteed losing one.

        I am sad for our country, especially future generation who will have to live in a society that is in swift decline.

  1. Yay for equality. To those who believe they speak for God – you do not!
    How dare you try to deny others their rights. True Christians would extend
    love to all – not just the select few.

  2. If your god cares more about what we do with our genitalia than helping starving or tortured children, then your god is a horrible person. Only a monster would stand by and let children be hurt if they had the knowledge and ability to stop it. And only a special kind of evil would ignore these things, yet freak out when two men or two women fall in love.

  3. The Catholic Church sometimes refers to itself metaphorically as “holy mother church.” Leaving aside the telling fact that the Church admits no women to positions of influence or authority, the hierarchy might find it enlightening to learn what real mothers with children can teach us, what real parental love can mean as far as gay women and men are concerned.

    Mother and fathers react in different ways when they learn that their child is homosexual. Some are saddened or shocked by the news. Being gay is not necessarily something they would have wanted for their child or expected. Perhaps they don’t understand why or what it means. Some may wish that it were not true. Incredibly in 2013, there are even some parents who reject the child for religious, social or other reasons.

    But after the initial confusion or shock, many parents respond to their gay child with love. And since love is, among other things, a way of knowing it can lead to new understanding. It can allow parents to learn from their daughters and sons, to see the world through their eyes and their experience. It prompts them to question old assumptions and values. Love has the power to transform them.

    The same is true for other family members, friends, neighbors and colleagues. Knowing and caring about someone who is gay changes you. That is because you know in the deepest way possible that your sister or friend or uncle is a good, decent person because you know them through love. You know them as a human being and understand that being gay is part of who they are.

    This explains the big change in attitudes towards homosexuality and gay marriage. The whole conversation shifts radially when it’s my brother, daughter or friend that you are talking about. Judgments about being “intrinsically disordered” or “evil” or a “threat to traditional marriage” are seen to be the neurotic projections or cruel distortions that they are.

    The people who honor the humanity of gay people are doing so not because they are being trendy or have succumbed to relativistic morals. They do so because they themselves have become more human in the very finest sense of the word.

    And so when a religious leader says in reference to gay people as New York’s Cardinal Dolan did recently on television, “I love you, too,” it’s hard to know what he means. In the context of his Church’s teaching and actions that cause real pain and damage to gay people, that statement sounds grotesque. In this context, Holy Mother Church is a mean mother.

    But it makes you wonder. Are any of the bishops close to someone who is gay? Do they love a gay woman or man as a friend? Could they look such a person in the eyes and say, “I love you. But it is sinful for you to show your love to someone with your full humanity, to express it sexually with tenderness and affection?”

    And this is the essential fault in the Church’s teaching about homosexuality: It is heartless and inhuman. And now many people, including many Catholics, know and understand this.

    The hierarchy and priests take a solemn vow to live a life without physical affection, romantic love or intimacy. Perhaps this void in their human experience explains whey they can only talk about gay sex but never about gay love. In seeing homosexuals as being “intrinsically disordered,” they are denying the possibility that there can be such a thing as gay love. In this respect, the Church is heartless and dehumanizes homosexuals.

    The good cardinal and his fellow prelates look at gay men and women and see intrinsic disorder and talk about sinful sex. Happily, real mothers and fathers and more and more people look at this same group and see fellow human beings and talk about love and equality.

    Holy Mother Church needs to love the way real mothers do.

  4. The main reason that same-sex marriage won is because no secular argument against it has gained any traction. How does same-sex marriage threaten the viability and survival of the state? Also, how can America forget a God they have never put their collective trust into in the first place? America is a product of the Enlightenment, which was seen as an antidote to the relgious wars of Europe in previous centuries. The “natural law” argument fails because it excludes God since belief in Him would also be considered “unnatural”: Such an argument makes marriage a man-made institution that is subject to revision. Desacrilization of marriage? Adultery and divorce have already done that. How does allowing two men to marry each other affect a heterosexual couple’s marriage? As for “Biblical” marriage: Do we really want to bring back polygamy, women as tradable property, and concubines? That is what the fathers in the Bible pacticed.

  5. When referencing the Orthodox Jewish institutional reaction, you would have done better to cite the second part of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (OU), the main American centrist Orthodox group of synagogues: “We also recognize that no religion has the right to dictate its beliefs to the entire body politic and we do not expect that secular law will always align with our viewpoint. Ultimately, decisions on social policy remain with the democratic process, and today the process has spoken and we accord the process and its result the utmost respect.” By putting that next to the statement of Agudath Israel and calling the Aguda a “national Jewish organization,” rather than pointing out that it is in fact ultra-Orthodox or haredi, you equate its position with the OU’s. In fact, the OU statement was pretty sanguine in context: we disagree but it’s ok.

  6. The truth of God’s Word is of no value to the Western word.Please,hold it there and bring it not to Nigeria,for we stand for the truth that guides humanity, which is the BIBLE.

  7. There is nothing wrong with encouraging the acceptance homosexuality and bisexuality in society. It certainly won’t hurt anyone. It should be seen as normal and equal to heterosexuality, because it is! A huge benefit to society is that same-sex couples can adopt babies to give them a loving home and family.

  8. Being a gay teen I am honored that the justices did not only me but my fellow gay brothers and sisters a justice by showing that bigoted, demeaning acts are not allowed to keep a foothold in a free country. God bless America thank you judges I love you.

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