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Supreme Court strikes down key section of Defense of Marriage Act

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MARK SHERMAN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

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The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act Wednesday that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.

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Marriage is a part of

Marriage is a part of religion. Last time I checked the CONSTITUTION states a separation of church and state. Therefore we are violating these peoples constitutional rights to have a legal marriage. I say as long as all parties are of legal age and are consenting let them get married and to as many people as they want. Have everyone sign the marriage license and to make the govt happy let them find some way to tax it. Otherwise we need to keep our predjudious, over religious noses out of other peoples bedrooms!

Gay marriage

Good luck in finding someone to officate the wedding. Justice of the peace weddings is all this will result in.

Still against the law in North Carolina.

LIKE I HAVE ALWAYS TOLD MY SONS....

"Now Boys It's Adam and Eve and Never Adam with Steve"
God created the rainbow as a promise to never destroy mankind by way of flood ever again. However now it's used to mock the one and only true God by using the rainbow as a banner to identify and scream out hey look at me im gay!!!!!!!
!!!!!!! REPENT FOR THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NEAR!!!!!!

Obummer should be able to

Obummer should be able to come out of the closet now.

2014

2014 is coming fast and all the Right Wing Religious, homophobic, racist, bigots, ie the Tea Party Republicans are going to be shown the door all over this country. The whole idea of legislating morality, because of your slanted religious beliefs is just CRAP!!!! You have no right to tell anyone who they can marry, because frankly it is none of your damn business!!!! You say gay people are evil, but look at your own leaders. Jim and Tammy Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, and all th Catholic Priest who have ripped off people, and worse targeted children for sex then tried to cover it up. Hey Tea Party Fools and Religious Freaks time is up, YOU ARE DONE FOR!!!!!!

Where have you been

The Rep's will gain more seats in the house and probably the senate also on a national and state level. You obviously are not paying close attention. It will be hard to win national elections I agree due to the countless number of citizens on some type of government assistance and they would not want to cut off the hand that feeds them.

Most Blacks and Hispanics would probably vote for Rep's if it was not for the handouts. Believe it or not they are more in line with their thinking on social issues such as these. How do you think the vote to ban gay marriage passed in CA. It was just one issue with no candidate attached to that issue that's why. the vote there speaks for itself

Terrible

I pretty much hate the Supreme Court making decisions that overturn the will of the majority. I am glad am I getting older because this country is slowly but surely going down hill, economically, morally, ethically and militarily. My country as I fought and defended it to my own disdain and at a personal sacrifice to my health is not the country I loved. The liberal minority has won!.. When this country with liberal Obama at the helm loses its significance at least I know I have lived a majority of my life in real and great America. I am sad for my country and concerned for my Grandchildren because the glory of America will be gone for them. History books will be their only chance to know real America.

WHAT THE BIBLE SAID...NOT ME OR ANYONE ELSE.

Its not the people fault its that the Supreme Court has not read the BiBle not one of them. If they had it would have been NO.

Them gay's don't even want

Them gay's don't even want to get married to begin with, they just want to party and have promiscious homosexual relations, all they are trying to do is stir up trouble with with the heterosexuol population, and cause a ruckus and make people angry, cause they are all drama queens and tooty froots, they should all go back to commiefornia, the land of froots and nuts if they want to have a gay marriage is what I think, ha!

Obvious troll is obvious.

Obvious troll is obvious.

Your screen name is quite fitting by the way.

???

Yes, they put up with rampant discrimination just to make stupid bigots angry. Not because their love is the same as everyone else's love. Not because they are human beings and United States citizens who deserve equal rights and equal protection under the law. Not because they want YOU and your ridiculous religious beliefs out of their bedrooms and their lives.

Wow

That takes the cake in terms of idiotic comments!

Wilmington Maj, you get my

Wilmington Maj, you get my vote on that comment. I am 100% heterosexual but all I see is the straights harassing the gays. Not one time have I ever known of any gay group demonstrating against peoples right to be heterosexual.

Who cares anymore

I'm so tired of all these decisions and rulings from all branches of government. Everyday I just want to go out and run my business and have everyone just leave me the hell alone and I will leave you alone.

Unfortunately not everyone

Unfortunately not everyone feels the way you do and they want to legislate private lives and discriminate against citizens based on their religious beliefs. When this behavior stops, there can be less rulings.

Blame government again

Once again, government meddling has created the problem. The solution is pretty simple. Bifurcate the process.

Establish a legal civil contract for anyone wishing to formalize their union under law. That contract covers the secular recognition of the union.

Then, each religious or other organization can perform and recognize whatever "marriage" ceremony and tenets that may be compatible with their beliefs. They should not be forced to recognize "marriage" outside of their beliefs. However, the legal civil contact endures.

And just for the record, remember that it was beloved Democrat Bill Clinton that signed the Defense of Marriage Act into law.

Exactly.

This is the most rational solution. Again shows why religion and government are best kept separate.

"I now pronounce you eligible for government benefits"

is what this amounts to. Don't over think it.

Moving

I guess they will be a lot of gays moving to other states. Have fun and enjoy the trip. NC law still bans gay marriage.

So what's next?

If marriage is no longer defined as being between "a" man and "a" woman, but rather between any two consenting adults, then why stop at two adults? Is it not possible for 3 or more people to be every bit in love as a group with each other as 2 people are with each other? For that matter, why is the government even meddling in marriage or trying to define it? Why should there be tax or health benefits to married people that aren't there for non-married people? If it's to give working families a break so they can start/raise a family, well then why not single parents who need that assistance even more?

Good decision

Freedom wins today. A great day for all Americans that love freedom.

Totally right decision...

It's the right decision.

"God is in the rain." V for Vendetta

This is horrible. The idea

This is horrible. The idea of gay couples claiming to be married, and adopting children. Why must they adopt ? Because it's not natural for two people of the same sex, to create a child.

Even in California, when put to popular vote, this thing was struck down, almost 3/1. So they slide this evil through a Obama stacked court.

So by your logic, no one

So by your logic, no one should get married who are not able to have a child. No widowed couples, infertile couples, or couples who just don't want to procreate. Marriage isn't about LOVE, but about sex in your view.

And an "Obama stacked court?" Where do you get your information? Obama has nominated TWO people to the Supreme Court. The vote was 5-4 with Justice Kennedy, who was a Republican appointee, joining against the dissent. Why? Because he believes in the Constitution and has a brain.

There are four Democrats and five Republicans on the bench.

The gays do not force their

The gays do not force their beliefs on heterosexuals, so whay should we force ours on them? Another case of religious meddling that is contrary to the Golden Rule.

Direction

This country is going to Hell.
I DO believe that 'unions' while a sin, SHOULD be granted equal rights as a married couple, but marriage is a union between a man and woman. The supreme court acted illegally by being inclusive with God and state, and not separating God and state which is the same thing these sinful ultra liberal junkies fought to get the first go around.
What is even more shameful as the "Christians" that think their voices will be heard even when they do not speak. if God had meant for two same sex people to be married, they would be able to mate.... without surgery.. The end is near........
Leviticus 18:22
You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.

Keep your religion out of my

Keep your religion out of my government and everyone else's private lives. Marriage is about LOVE, not sex, not procreation.

Have you

read the parts of Leviticus that tells of the cannibalism committed by religious people. Lev.26:29 will tell you they were commanded to eat the flesh of their children.
Is cannibalism not an abomination?
God doesn't have a lot of credibility if he is telling people to eat their own children during the siege now does he.

Red Lobster is the devil!!!

"These you may eat, of all that are in the waters. Everything in the waters that has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers, you may eat. But anything in the seas or the rivers that has not fins and scales, of the swarming creatures in the waters and of the living creatures that are in the waters, is detestable to you. You shall regard them as detestable; you shall not eat any of their flesh, and you shall detest their carcasses. Everything in the waters that has not fins and scales is detestable to you." Leviticus 11:9-12.....that includes shrimp. Should we go on a crusade to stop Red Lobster from serving any shrimp or lobster? Or oysters? Or clams? Or scallops? Sigh...some people.

This would make sense if

This would make sense if homosexuality were a choice rather than a trait individuals were born with.