"United States v. Windsor" lawsuit succeeds in having part of
DOMA law ruled unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court
More reactions to the Supreme Court's
ruling on the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
The acronym "SSM" refers to "same-sex marriage."
The acronym "DOMA" refers to the Defense of Marriage Act
"SCOTUS" refers to the Supreme Court of the United States
- Dan Cathy, president of the Chick fil-A fast food chain has made many controversial statements against same-sex marriage in the past. This time, he tweeted:
"Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies." 1
Bill Maher on his HBO program Real Time suggested that Cathy must be able to channel the founding fathers who have been dead for centuries, because they have never been known to have expressed an opinion about lesbians, gays, homosexuals, bisexuals, or same-sex marriage. In fact, the term "homosexual" was only coined in the late 19th century.
- Keegan O'Brien, editor of The Rainbow Times -- a pro-gay equality group -- wrote:
"Wednesday June 26th 2013 will be a day that’s remembered in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer history, and our community’s long and turbulent struggle for full equality. ... "
"... when I first heard the news of the Supreme Courts rulings, first on DOMA then Prop 8, and I instantly broke into tears. I was overtaken by an overwhelming feeling of joy as Facebook statuses and news updates celebrating the victory continued to pour across my computer screen. On some level, I was in shock, I almost couldn’t believe it. Even in 2013, being gay in this society isn’t easy. The daily emotional and psychological trauma we endure for living outside the sexual and gender norms of a deeply homophobic society takes its toll on all of us; from higher rates of family rejection, homelessness, suicide, mental health problems, and substance abuse to everyday feelings of depression, insecurity, and alienation. So, to have the most powerful court in the country declare—even if it’s only partially—that we are human beings deserving of equal treatment under the law, is a pretty profound experience. Victories like this not only provide very real and important material improvements to our lives, especially for working class queer couples, while also taking us a step closer toward equality and liberation, they also restore in oppressed people a basic sense of human dignity, self-worth, and confidence that oppression, discrimination, and violence continuously rip away from us. In doing so, they imbue us with the sense of confidence and pride required to hold our heads up high and keep fighting for more. For anyone genuinely concerned with justice and equality for LGBTQ people, this week’s historic ruling is a victory to celebrate. ..."
"... our dream of full equality is far from achieved. We cannot consider ourselves free and equal as long as 37 states maintain constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage, 29 states lack any employment protection for sexual orientation and 37 states for gender identity and expression, there persists a shameful and obscene epidemic of queer youth homelessness and suicide, queer youth lack access to safe schools and relevant curriculum, LGBTQ people lack access to safe, accepting, and accessible healthcare and housing, too many queer people of color remain locked inside prisons and detention centers because they’ve been victimized by our country’s racially discriminatory and unfair criminal justice and immigration systems, or while LGBTQ people in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Palestine continue to live under the bombs and violence of American militarism. While full LGBTQ equality and social justice includes marriage equality, it also extends far beyond on it, and our vision of freedom must encompass the struggles of LGBTQ people everywhere, not just those of us within America’s borders." 2
Curiously, O'Brien does not mention the predominately Muslim countries of the world where being gay or lesbian can get a person arrested, charged, tried, and executed. Estimates in the media range from 6 to 10 countries who consider same-gender sexual behavior as a capital crime.
- David Silverman, President of American Atheists said:
"Another victory for church and state separation as DOMA falls. DOMA - brought to you by theocrats who want you to obey their rules, even if you don't believe in their god." 3
- Two spokespeople for the American Family Association weighed into the battle:
- Fred Jackson warned that: "God’s judgment will be upon us."
- Sandy Rios said: "It’s a big win for gay activists today. It’s not a good day for us. ... They kept shouting DOMA's dead, I thought that was pretty metaphorical, marriage is dead too, for the future of this country." 4
The fear that God is going to send some sort of natural disaster like an earthquake or hurricane to punish the U.S. for even a little step towards marriage equality is often believed and frequently stated by religious conservatives.
- A group of conservative members of Congress express concern over married same-sex couples being treated equally:
On Knees for Jesus published a video on You Tube containing a 9 minute segment of PBS Newshour. It features many conservative members of Congress who expressed their concerns and dissapointment about the decision of the high court on marriage equality. A theme running through many of the comments was that since God created marriage, humans, life itself, the Earth, and the rest of the universe, that the U.S. Supreme Court has no right to change marriage or to recognize legal marriages of same-sex couples. As of 2015-JAN-12, the video had received 16,615 views, 152 likes, and 126 dislikes.
Still more reactions to the Court ruling in U.S. v. Windsor continues in the next essay.
The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above
essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
- Jaymi McCann, " 'Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed': Chick-fil-A boss causes outrage AGAIN after tweeting disappointment over historic gay marriage ruling," Daily Mail (UK), 2013-JUN-29, at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
- Keegan O'Brien, "Defeating DOMA & Prop 8: We’ve Made History, but We’re Far From Finished," The Rainbow Times, 2013-JUL-04, at: http://www.therainbowtimesmass.com/
- "Dave Silverman," Facebook, 2013-JUN-26, at: https://www.facebook.com/
- Brian Tashman, "AFA: DOMA Decision Will Lead to God's Judgment, Death of Marriage," Right Wing Watch, 2013-JUN-26, at: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/
- "Historic Supreme Court Rulings on Gay Marriage Devastate Conservatives by "On Knees for Jesus," You Tube, 2013-JUN-26, at: http://youtu.be/
- Daniel Burke, "Jesus wept' or tears of joy? Faithful react to gay marriage rulings," CNN Belief Blog, 2013-JUN-26, at: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/
- R. Albert Mohler Jr., " 'Waiting for the Other Shoe' — The Supreme Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriage," AlbertMohler.com, 2013-JUN-26, at: http://www.albertmohler.com/
Copyright © 2013 by Ontario
Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally posted: 2013-JUN-29
Latest update: 2013-JUL-02
Compiler: B.A. Robinson