I believe same sex couples should be able to marry and have the same rights, benefits, privileges and responsibilities as any other married couple
While this is a great first step, the decisions only apply to those lucky enough to be in states that currently allow for same-sex marriages. It is clear that to truly create equality for all Americans under the law, gay and lesbian couples must be free to marry, regardless of where they live.+ 1 more statement
It is well known that the institution of traditional marriage benefits children in society.
Today’s Supreme Court decisions reaffirm a bedrock principle that New Hampshire has long recognized: every American deserves equal treatment under the law.+ 2 more statements
I see the thousands-of-years tradition of the nucleus of the family unit, I also see that economically we just live without any kind of moral periscope when you say, what is it that is the leading cause of poverty in our country -- it's having kids without marriage.+ 1 more statement
I feel that hatred of any kind has no place in America. I'm honored to participate in a campaign that encourages the progress that our country has made over the past few years with regard to the rights of the LGBT community. This is a great way to support their struggle for equality and to discourage discrimination based on who people love.
I am proud to stand with them and the millions of others who believe that every person should have the opportunity to live the life they choose openly and proudly. History has proven time and again that equality will prevail over inequality and acceptance overcomes prejudice. That time is now.
As a product of the civil rights movement, I believe in equality for all. As a lifelong educator, I have experienced the pain and hurt that rejection has on our gay and lesbian children. So, I always taught my students about the Golden Rule – ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ We are all children of God, and we all deserve the same freedoms, protections and peace.+ 1 more statement
With the notion of marriage – an exclusive, emotional, binding ‘til death do you part’ tie – becoming more and more an exception to the rule given a rise in cohabitation and high rates of divorce, why should the federal government be telling adults who love one another that they cannot get married, simply because they happen to be gay?
When women were granted the right to vote, opponents were also frustrated. When slavery was abolished in the United States, it hurt slave traders' feelings. The integration of gays and lesbians into the institution of marriage was long overdue. And it still is in Germany.
After lengthy consideration, my views have evolved sufficiently to support marriage equality legislation. This position doesn't require any religious denomination to alter any of its tenets; it simply forbids government from discrimination regarding who can marry whom.
With the recent Supreme Court arguments and accompanying public discussion of same-sex marriage, I have been thinking about my past positions and votes. In doing so, I have concluded that the right thing to do is to support marriage equality for all.
No second-class citizens – no second-class marriages.
Some dudes marry dudes. Get over it.
It’s a first step on the road to radically redefining marriage to include polygamy (and generally “weakening” the institution altogether)—the overall goal being to “transform the notion of family entirely.
I had a conversation with my daughter, one that reminded me of that old Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young song, “Teach Your Children.” In the final refrain, it calls out to the young listeners of the day to “teach your parents well.” And in my home, like millions of others across America, that’s what happened.
...the morning after getting engaged, as I pictured each of my friends on the happiest day of their future lives, I realized that those who are gay cannot experience what I’d experienced the night before in many parts of our nation. And suddenly, the gay marriage debate became personal.
I also happen to think, and hope, that the gay marriage revolution will be both cause and effect of a larger trend back towards a more traditional view of marriage as a lifelong project between two people who are expected to tough it out and build a life together unless their marriage is truly awful.
I have come to the conclusion that our government should not limit the right to marry based on who you love. While churches should never be required to conduct marriages outside of their religious beliefs, neither should the government tell people who they have a right to marry.
I’m still not supportive of it.
When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilization, and Jesus will come back.
I just believe in traditional marriage, that’s what i believe in. And I believe somebody who is gay can still be very happy and thrive and we want nothing with but the best for them. I don’t want to discriminate against them, but I just happen to believe in traditional marriage.
Consistent with principles of religious liberty recognized in Perez and Turner, and with equal protection of the laws for all Californians the judgement of the Ninth Circuit should be affirmed.
Since countries have begun recognizing same-sex relationships, governments have seen challenges to nearly every other traditional norm.
Homosexuals are not being denied “marriage” rights any more than wolf enthusiasts are being denied dog-ownership rights.
A heterosexual couple married for just a few months is able to collect a federal benefit that same-sex couples who have been together for decades can't. Are we really a nation that says that is fair?
Gay and lesbian couples deserve full recognition of their relationships, which only marriage can provide.
If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?
If, by contrast, the Court rules, as it should, that marriage equality is constitutionally required, its decisions will be celebrated in the history books alongside Brown v. Board of Education. Which side would you want to be on?
Now it's time for the Supreme Court to catch up with the American public. Discrimination and hatred have no place in a country founded on the principles of liberty, justice and equality.
Actually, it's too late for leadership. Nine states have already legalized gay marriage — including the three that did so last week — as has the District of Columbia. All Illinois can do now is hop on the train of history.
It is sufficient to recognize the inherent conservatism in citizens' desire to marry, to be judged on their work, and not to be singled out for higher taxes or bullying at school.
If we want marriage equality, let’s just stop for a second. Why stop at same-sex marriage? Why not have polygamy? Why not have a dad marry his son or marry his daughter?
I’ve been married for twelve years and I know that it is unfair to keep other loving and committed couples from getting married and protecting their families.
A growing number of professional athletes are speaking out in support of gay and lesbian couples getting married, I'm proud to be one of them.
I know the law was passed and the comment it deserves is that we must respect the choices made by anyone, because, after all, all citizens should have the exact same rights and responsibilities.
At one point in American life, virtually every child was given the great gift of being raised to adulthood by the man and the woman — the mom and the dad — who gave them life. Today, that number is under 50 percent in many communities. Same-sex marriage didn’t cause this, but it does nothing to help it, and will only make things worse.+ 1 more statement
This is a momentous and historic day for all Americans. Today, the Supreme Court has made decisions that strengthen families and that live up to our shared values of equality and freedom.
Today I am celebrating with the countless California couples who will finally have the legal recognition to go along with the love and devotion that was already in their hearts. Today’s Supreme Court ruling is an historic victory and a milestone in the on-going fight for marriage equality across the United States.+ 1 more statement
When DOMA came to the floor in 1996, I fought to stop it because it was prejudiced, unconstitutional, and sought to divide this country over basic individual rights. For too long, the federal government has discriminated against same-sex couples and it’s time for change.
Equal protection under the law means exactly that...and that includes the right to marry. The discrimination that LGBT citizens face today mirrors the struggles of African Americans to achieve full civil rights. Intolerance, ignorance and inequality were wrong then, and they are just as wrong today.
The LGBT community is entitled to the same rights afforded to everyone else. My view on LGBT equality is rooted in love. While I was recovering at Walter Reed after being shot down in Iraq, my husband Bryan was at my bedside every day. Not only was he offering love and support during such a difficult time, but he was also making critical decisions for me that improved the quality of my life to this day. Often, those decisions were contrary to what my mother would have decided, but as my life partner, my husband knew me better and made the correct choices for me when I could not. I support the freedom to marry because everyone deserves the same level of access, support and love.
Get over it. We are all human beings, entitled to live our lives without fear of discrimination or violence. Times have changed; we need to move forward, and we must replace hatred with love and acceptance. I am proud to support marriage equality and equal rights for all Americans.+ 1 more statement
If you really love someone, if you really were concerned about someone, if you saw your friend for example dying of alcoholism would you just stand quietly by and watch it happen?
In speaking with North Dakotans from every corner of our great state, and much personal reflection, I have concluded the federal government should no longer discriminate against people who want to make lifelong, loving commitments to each other or interfere in personal, private, and intimate relationships.
After much deliberation and after reviewing the legal, public policy and civil-rights questions presented, I support marriage equality for same-sex couples and believe that DOMA should be repealed
[Opponents of gay rights] don't want to sound like bigots, so they've almost stopped talking about gay people entirely. It's not you, they say, it's us. Well, they're right about that. Just maybe not in the way they think.
Fifty years from now, when same-sex marriage is recognized in every American jurisdiction, our relatively enlightened descendants will cull through the transcripts and audio feeds of this week's oral arguments at the United States Supreme Court in Perry and Windsor and shake their heads in wonder and dismay.
The Court ought to conclude on the merits that marriage as historically understood does have a "rational basis." This version of the equal protection test properly defers to the deliberative judgment of voters and their elected representatives. Traditional marriage laws may support legitimate goals like promoting intact, reasonably stable wedlock between mothers and fathers for children, or simply stem from a desire to not experiment with a core unit of civil society.
I’m a Republican — many of you I’m sure are Democrats — I’m a Republican. Let me say to my party: if you bail out on [gay marriage], I will leave the party and I will take as many people with me as I possibly can.
[The Supreme Court] could say that the Constitution leaves this issue to the states. That’s the outcome that, as a supporter of same-sex marriage, I prefer.
Listen, I believe marriage is a union between one man and one woman. It’s what I grew up with, it’s what i belive, it’s what my church teaches me and I can’t imagine that position would ever change.
Knowing that my son is gay prompted me to consider the issue from another perspective: that of a dad who wants all three of his kids to lead happy, meaningful lives with the people they love, a blessing Jane and I have shared for 26 years.
They're trying to redefine marriage. It's a completely disordered relationship and when you have a disordered relationship, you don't ever get order out of that. So I'm more than happy to take a 'no' vote on the issue of homosexual marriage.