Reactions to gay marriage wins at Sup...

Reactions to gay marriage wins at Supreme Court

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Interfaith Alliance

Ankeny, IA

#2 Jun 26, 2013
“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
SouthernBaptistC onvention

Ankeny, IA

#3 Jun 26, 2013
“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
Anti Defamation League

Ankeny, IA

#4 Jun 26, 2013
“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
AmericanFamilyAs sociation

Ankeny, IA

#5 Jun 26, 2013
“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
Metropolitan Community Ch

Ankeny, IA

#6 Jun 26, 2013
“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
Catholic League for Relig

Ankeny, IA

#7 Jun 26, 2013
“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
Unitarian Universalist As

Ankeny, IA

#8 Jun 26, 2013
“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
Faith Freedom Coalition

Ankeny, IA

#9 Jun 26, 2013
“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
four Catholic organizatio

Ankeny, IA

#10 Jun 26, 2013
“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
Public Policy Center for

Ankeny, IA

#11 Jun 26, 2013
“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
Family Research Council

Ankeny, IA

#12 Jun 26, 2013
“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
Washington National Cathe

Ankeny, IA

#13 Jun 26, 2013
“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
Hispanic Christian Leader

Ankeny, IA

#14 Jun 26, 2013
“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
Church of Jesus Christ

Ankeny, IA

#15 Jun 26, 2013
“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
Episcopal Church

Ankeny, IA

#16 Jun 26, 2013
“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
Southern Baptist Conventi

Ankeny, IA

#17 Jun 26, 2013
“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
LGBTQ Humanist Council

Ankeny, IA

#18 Jun 26, 2013
“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
national Orthodox Jewish

Ankeny, IA

#19 Jun 26, 2013
“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
Jewish Congregations of A

Ankeny, IA

#20 Jun 26, 2013
“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
Americans United

Ankeny, IA

#21 Jun 26, 2013
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

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