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In the Obergefell case, the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes
same-sex marriage (a.k.a gay marriage) across the entire U.S.

Part 34: 2015-JUNE-26:
More reactions to the High Court ruling
that legalized gay marriage across the U.S.
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We use the term "gay marriage."to represent the marriage of two persons of
the same sex. We prefer "Same-sex marriage," a more inclusive term that
includes spouses with a bisexual sexual orientation, but it would make this web
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"LGBT" refers to lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender persons and transsexuals.
"LGB" refers to lesbians, gays, and bisexuals.

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gavelMore reactions to the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling:

  • President Obama ID) commented on the ruling in a video:

    "Sometimes there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt." 1

He said that it affirmed the principle that:

"... all Americans are created equal." 1

  • Webmaster's comment [bias alert]:

    It appears obvious that President Obama did not intent to imply that all Americans are equal; after all, they differ greatly in IQ, abilities, talents, knowledge, expertise, etc. He seems to have implied that all Americans are created with equal rights. However, it is easy to prove that this statement is also untrue. Two examples are that persons with a minority sexual orientation or with a gender identity which differs from their birth-identified gender. Both groups can be fired for the simple reason that they are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or transsexual. In fact, during the coming weeks, thousands of same-sex couples will be marrying throughout the United States, thereby revealing their sexual orientation to others. Many may find themselves married, but without a job on the next day.

    According to GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network) and MAP (Movement Advancement Project):

    "... discrimination against LGBTQ people continues to be protected by law. 

    • In 28 states, LGBTQ people can be fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity alone.
    • In 28 states, LGBTQ people can be refused housing based on their sexual orientation or gender identity alone.
    • In 8 states' school systems, LGBTQ inclusive curriculums are prohibited.
    • In 32 states, schools have little to no protection against the bullying of LGBTQ students." 2

    The LGBT community still has an enormous amount of work ahead of it to reach true equality in the U.S.

  • Over 100 evangelical Christian pastors support marriage equality through the RISE network. They issued a statement saying:

    "As Evangelical pastors and leaders, we believe that the gospel of Jesus Christ is a message of good news for all people. Following in the way of Jesus, we are compelled to be a voice for the voiceless and to fight for the dignity and equality of all people, regardless of their race, religion, ethnicity, sexuality, or gender identity. Today, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of civil marriage equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer Americans. We join with millions of people around the country in celebration of this major step towards justice and equality for LGBTQ people in the United States. While we believe that the Supreme Court’s decision is a major step in the right direction, we are also reminded that this victory is only one step towards true equality for LGBTQ individuals and highlights our need, as people of faith, to continue to work for justice. ..."

    "As evangelical pastors and leaders, we call on our fellow evangelical Christians around the country to lift our voices on behalf of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, working to make our nation, our communities, and our churches welcoming and inclusive spaces for all people. For far too long, we have been silent and complicit in the discrimination and marginalization of LGBTQ people around the world. Today, we commit to no longer stand by while discrimination and inequity flourish, but to lift our voices on behalf of all of God’s children." 2

  • Chris Sgro, is the executive director of Equality NC, North Carolina's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) advocacy organization. He commented:

    "The Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell vs. Hodges effectively strikes down bans on the freedom to marry in 13 states and provides a national resolution to the issue of marriage equality.

    [This is] 'a historic day' for the United States and the state of North Carolina. Today's ruling granting loving, same-sex couples the freedom to marry across our United States is a historic moment for our country, and for tens of thousands of same-sex families who call our state home. With it, gays and lesbians in every corner of the United States will finally be able to marry the person they love. Today, love won and we celebrate all who have worked tirelessly over many decades to change hearts and minds and make this ruling a possibility.

    Even as we celebrate, we know our progress does not and will not end at the Supreme Court. Same-sex couples can legally marry in North Carolina -- and the very same day, be denied public services, fired from their job or denied housing simply because of who they are. With these harsh realities in mind, Equality NC remains committed to fighting for full equality for LGBT North Carolinians wherever they work or live." 3

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  • The National Catholic Reporter is a media outlet that is independent of the Church. They posted two differing comments on the High Court ruling. Two excerpts are:
    • Patrick C. Beeman, MD said:

      "... The Catholic balance lies somewhere between mercy and Christian charity on the one hand and doctrinal fidelity and truth on the other. The church has something to teach us no matter which side of an issue we take. ..."

      "Those of us who identify as orthodox Catholics need to start making reparation for our part in alienating gay people from the church. I'm not saying we should abandon the church's teaching on sexual ethics. But we ought to make quite certain we are applying it carefully and charitably. We ought to make sure that the beliefs that burn like fire in our hearts are ignited by a love for God and neighbor and not the smoldering embers of pride. ..." 4

    • Andrew Fitzmaurice, is the resource director for the Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry. He said:

      "... The Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, referred to the recent legalization of civil marriage for same-sex couples in Ireland as a "defeat for humanity." Did he stop to think how this inflated language is heard by a young teenager struggling to understand how he or she is a beloved child of God while experiencing homosexual attractions? .."

      "A loving parent rushes to embrace a child in pain, yet church rhetoric is often the very sword that wounds. It is devoid of the respect, compassion and sensitivity that the catechism itself demands." 4

  • Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote:

    "It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a marriage.

    The unique meaning of marriage as the union of one man and one woman is inscribed in our bodies as male and female. The protection of this meaning is a critical dimension of the 'integral ecology' that Pope Francis has called us to promote. Mandating marriage redefinition across the country is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us, especially children. The law has a duty to support every child’s basic right to be raised, where possible, by his or her married mother and father in a stable home." 5

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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. John Fabian, "Obama: Justice arrives 'like a thunderbolt,' The Hill, 2015-JUN-26, at: http://thehill.com/
  2. "Evangelicals respond to SCOTUS ruling for equality," Evangelical Response, 2015-JUN-26, at: http://www.evangelicalresponse.com
  3. Chris Sgro, "Equality NC Responds to Historic Marriage Ruling," Equality NC, 2015-JUN-26, at: http://equalitync.org/
  4. Patrick C. Beeman & Arthur Fitzmaurice, "Gay and Catholic: Two views on the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling," National Catholic Reporter, 2015-JUL-02, at: http://ncronline.org/
  5. "Supreme Court Decision on Marriage 'A Tragic Error' Says President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference," United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2015-JUN-26, at: http://www.usccb.org/
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