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Hollingsworth v. Perry (formerly Perry v. Schwarzenegger):
California lawsuit challenging constitutionality of Prop. 8

2013-JUN-26: More reactions
to the Supreme Court ruling.

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Continued from a previous essay

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In this web site, "SSM" is an acronym for "same-sex marriage."

"LGBT" is an acronym for "Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender persons and Transsexuals."

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Other reactions to the Supreme Court's ruling (Cont'd)

  • Bryan Fischer, also of the American Family Association, sent out a series of tweets via Twitter:

tweets of Bryan Fischer 1

  • President Barack Obama tweeted:

    "We're all created equal—and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.

    President Obama called two of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit from Air Force One:


  • Nancy Pelosi (D), the House Minority Leader said that as she was walking to a press conference she was thinking:

    "... I’ll be devastated if it’s anything other than that, for two reasons. For what it means for the lives of people first and foremost, but secondly it’s clearly unconstitutional. I’m glad to hear that the court agrees." 1

  • Sam Champion of Good Morning America who is openly gay and married said:

    "My heart’s pounding, like really thumping in my chest.

    I think Gavin Newsom said it amazingly to me. It’s very easy to discount this into a legal brief or to say that they are theories. But this is about people’s lives. And there are people all over this country just looking to know that they’re equal and that their feelings for someone that they love can be legitimized. And is just as right as their neighbors," 1

  • Brian Brown is president of the National Organization For Marriage -- the main national organization opposing marriage equality. He referred to the Court's Prop. 8 ruling as a "horrific precedent." He said:

    "What it did do was rob the proponents of Proposition 8 after they have seen utter lawlessness with Governor Brown and the attorney general refusing to defend the law, not giving them a defense." 4

  • Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-KS), speaking to the Heritage Foundation referring to the Prop. 8 and DOMA decisions said:

    "... children will be hurt" [by the ruling of' radical [justices who] substituted their personal views on marriage for the constitutional decisions of the American voters and their elected representatives." 1

Webmaster's confession of failure:

Rep. Huelskamp seems to believe that children living in a family headed by same-sex parents who are not allowed to marry and are treated by the government as mere roommates will thrive better than children living in a family headed by same-sex parents who are married and benefit from the status, benefits, and protections to both parents and children resulting from that marriage.

I don't understand that.

  • Glen Beck interviews Rand Paul on the Glen Beck Show:

    Beck: "If you change one variable — man and a woman to man and man, and woman and woman, you cannot then tell me -- ... you cannot logically tell me -- you can’t change the other variable: one man, three women. One woman, four men. Who are you to say, if I’m a devout Muslim and I come over here and I have three wives, who are you to say if I’m an American citizen, that I can’t have multiple marriages."

    Paul: "And I think this is a conundrum. If we have no laws on this, people take it to one extension further. Does it have to be humans? You know? The question is what social mores -– can some social mores be part of legislation?" 1

Another webmaster's confession of failure about Senator Paul's comment:

In 1967, the only redefinition of marriage were to change mariage as a "union between a man and a woman of the same race" to a "union between a man and a woman." The only recent redefinitions of marriage in the District of Columbia and 13 states were from a "union between a man and a woman" to a "union of two persons."

To my knowledge, nobody is suggesting that there be no laws at all on marriage. I don't understand Paul's comment about eliminating all marriage laws.

  • Gov. Jerry Brown said:

    "After years of struggle, the U.S. Supreme Court today has made same-sex marriage a reality in California." 3

  • San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee said:

    It’s been a long road, many years, but gosh, it feels good to have love triumph over ignorance, to have equality triumph over discrimination." 3

  • Austin R. Nimocks, a lawyer for ProtectMarriage -- the group that promoted Proposition -- issued a statement, saying:

    "The debate over marriage has only just begun. Marriage -- the union of husband and wife -- will remain timeless, universal and special, particularly because children need mothers and fathers." 3

His first comment is certainly true: marriages between a man and a woman will remain timeless, universally available and special. However, the actual debate is whether loving, committed and married same-sex couples will also be timeless, universally available and special.

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. Matt Wilstein, "The Best And Worst Reactions To The Supreme Court’s Historic Marriage Equality Rulings," Mediaite," 2013-JUN-26, at:
  2. "Prop 8 ruling legalizes gay marriage in California... 2," KPCC public radio, 2013-JUN-26, at:
  3. Greg Stohr, "High Court Allows California Gay Marriage, Voids U.S. Law," Bloomberg, 2013-JUN-26, at:
  4. Matt Slegde, "National Organization For Marriage President Brian Brown: DOMA Decision 'Absolute Travesty'," The Huffington Post, 2013-JUN-30, at:

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Copyright © 2013 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Original posting: 2013-JUN-26
Latest update: 2013-JUL-16
Author: B.A. Robinson

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