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Politically taboo only a few years ago, today thirteen states and the District of Columbia grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Proponents argue marriage is a fundamental human right, while opponents contend marriage should be defined as only between a man and a woman.
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Proud to join the @NOH8Campaign to stand up for equality &justice for all. I encourage all Americans to stand with me http://t.co/wwJ0IVMl8z
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Today’s ruling is an impt step forward in the march toward recognition of all marriages under the law & full equality in our Commonwealth.
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Proud that New Mexico is joining Massachusetts and 15 other states + DC to guarantee #MarriageEquality for #LGBT citizens! #Equality
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BREAKING: New Mexico now becomes the 17th state in the nation to embrace marriage #equality after Supreme Court ruling. #copolitics #LGBT
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I believe same sex couples should be able to marry and have the same rights, benefits, privileges and responsibilities as any other married couple
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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.
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It is well known that the institution of traditional marriage benefits children in society.
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Today’s Supreme Court decisions reaffirm a bedrock principle that New Hampshire has long recognized: every American deserves equal treatment under the law.
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Marriage was created by the hand of God. No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted.
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Voters in NC support traditional marriage because it leads to the best possible outcome for our children & our future. #DOMA #Prop8
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#MarriageEquality is a basic human rights issue. RT if you agree with Gary and support #SCOTUS striking down #DOMA.
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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.
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I am proud that Washington State passed Referendum 74 and chose to honor the love and commitment of all our citizens.
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I am proud to stand in solidarity with members of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and many of my colleagues in the NO H8 Campaign.
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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.
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Whether it’s No on 08, voting against DOMA, or supporting marriage for all; this new voice in Congress will not be silenced. Let’s stop the discrimination and support marriage equality.
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It is essential that we do all we can to combat hatred and bigotry.
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We are defined by the fundamental rights and liberties that we choose to protect.
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Jesus was all about teaching and preaching love. It was the main thing and the plain thing.
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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.
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Love can never be silenced. We’re created equally and therefore have the right to love equally and I am proud to stand up for that right.
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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.
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All Americans deserve to be treated with respect, regardless of race, religion, or sexual orientation/identity.
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We will not rest until all Americans are treated equally under the law.
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Being an American means having the liberty to be who you are and to love who you want.
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We won’t rest until all Americans can marry who they love.
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As we wait for a ruling from #SCOTUS on #Prop8 & #DOMA I am proud to stand with #NOH8OnTheHill in support of equality http://t.co/gff6PzGjBk
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Connected w/ constituents about my work in Congress for #LGBT #Equality at PrideFest this wknd #IL05 http://t.co/aRuQPy5KFA
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My official #NOH8onTheHill portrait. Proud to join @NOH8Campaign to stand up for equality & end discrimination http://t.co/JKGA9CGjIP
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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?
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Kudos to @lisamurkowski who became 3rd GOP Senator to endorse #MarriageEquality. Hope #SCOTUS rulings this week follow suit
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Proud to be the first Senator to pose for a #NOH8 #NOH8ontheHill photo with the @NOH8Campaign today! http://t.co/l4bpDfxGxR
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With the @NOH8Campaign to stand up for #LGBT rights. @ladygaga we were born this way. #NOH8ontheHill http://t.co/XqY9OG38TI
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Today MA celebrates 9 yrs of #MarriageEquality. I'll keep fighting so all Americans can marry the person they love #time4marriage
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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.
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Historically and culturally, marriage is about man and a woman, and it shouldn't be touched.
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[President Francois] Hollande is risking a violent confrontation with the French people.
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We must not torture the English language. Marriage is a relationship between a man and a woman and that's marriage.
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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.
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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.
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We shouldn't have prescriptive answers coming out of Washington, D.C. for something that should be resolved by the family of Americans.
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No second-class citizens – no second-class marriages.
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I am pleased to see Senator Casey responding to the voices of his constituents and am eager to work with him in reaching out to the hundreds of thousands of LGBT Pennsylvanians who can now count on his support for LGBT equality.
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Some dudes marry dudes. Get over it.
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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.
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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.
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People can do what they want and as they please. Satisfy yourself accordingly. I have no issues with nobody, I live for me and I live my life doing what I do, so you should have the right to do whatever you want to do.
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...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.
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This is outside the US Supreme Court. RT @RusslandTab0157: From lovely fans #support #gay #marriage http://t.co/kf0HG5pBWf
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The ignorant can't hide behind God. He is transparent when it comes to hate. We see you, haters. And pray for you. #MarriageEquality
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If you like it you should be able to put a ring on it.
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Love who you wanna love... Why is it any of my business? I'm just glad you're a lover and not a hater, like a lot of other assholes I know.
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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.
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Today I'm thinking of the Supreme Court. I hope they remember what makes our country great, and support equality for all.
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I’m proud to support marriage equality because no one should be able to tell a Montanan or any American who they can love and who they can marry.
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If you're against marriage equality, please unfollow me. You can hate LOST all you want, but you can't hate love.
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Supreme Court, stop acting like cowards. Now IS the time for a broad ruling to make the leap into the 20th century. --Sincerely, the 21st.
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Absolut support.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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It is demanded by our nation's commitment to fairness, justice and equality. Now is the time for us all to leave behind a long and sorrowful history of hateful discrimination, fear, hostility and ignorance.
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As a society we should in some way encourage people to live in the institution of marriage when they can. Besides it’s a free society and they should be free to form whatever associations they want.
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Of course civil unions and domestic partnerships, no matter how complete the package of protections, are not marriage.
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Mar 6, 2013
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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.
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Since countries have begun recognizing same-sex relationships, governments have seen challenges to nearly every other traditional norm.
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Homosexuals are not being denied “marriage” rights any more than wolf enthusiasts are being denied dog-ownership rights.
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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?
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...a danger that will abrogate the mission of the church.
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We're knocking down one of the basic foundations of society.
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Like many Americans, my views have evolved over time and I believe that committed adults – be them gay or straight – deserve to marry the person they love.
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Gay and lesbian couples deserve full recognition of their relationships, which only marriage can provide.
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If we cannot have moral feelings against homosexuality, can we have it against murder? Can we have it against other things?
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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?
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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.
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This is it: The civil rights issue of our generation, in the hands of nine justices.
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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.
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All American citizens should have the same rights. You're against gay marriage? It's against your religion? Don't do it. End of story.
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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.
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I'm with the President on this one. I believe that same sex couples should be allowed to marry. And I am glad that I live in a state that recognizes that right. For me it is about basic human decency.
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Obama, congratulations on being the first sitting President to support marriage equality. Feels like the future, and not the past. #NoFear
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As a gay marriage skeptic, I’m obviously on what’s likely to be the losing end of this shift.
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At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.
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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?
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Feb 15, 2012
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The right to marry shouldn't be based on sexual orientation. Joined the @NOH8Campaign to push for #MarriageEquality http://t.co/IfWcY276sj
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Applaud AG Eric Holder on decision to recognize the 1,360 Utah couples who are legally married and deserve all rights under the law.
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Proud that #NewMexico Supreme Court has affirmed what we know and believe – in #NM, freedom means freedom for everyone.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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I'm pleased with today's Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop 8. Equality under the law should apply to all Americans, and now we're one step closer towards fulfilling this promise.
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Supreme Court decision sends a clear message that the law of the land protects every American, no matter who they #love. #MarriageEquality
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Let the chapel bells ring. Marriage is back for all in California! #equality
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w/#SCOTUS decisions on #DOMA #Prop8, our country took an historic step forward towards #MarriageEquality http://t.co/OFQQhlZOeY
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As a Congressman and a proudly married gay man, I stand with the NOH8 campaign and will continue to fight for a country that adheres to our fundamental tenets of justice and equality for all.
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Bigotry and intolerance have no place in America. I’m proud to stand with my colleagues in support of marriage, gender and human equality.
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Discrimination in any realm is still inequality.
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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.
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In recent years, we've made tremendous strides and it becomes clearer every day our nation is moving toward acceptance and equality for all Americans, regardless of race, religion, gender or orientation.
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Our diversity is what makes us stronger as Americans, and that should always be celebrated.
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Whether discussing foreign relations, school bullying, or marriage equality, “no hate” is a great universal message that should be used as the foundation for any sound policy.
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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.
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I’m proud to represent the first state to recognize the right of same sex couples to marry under the Equal Protection Clause of our state constitution.
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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.
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As a Vice Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I look forward to working with my colleagues and LGBT advocates to finally put an end to discrimination against same sex couples.
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Laws that create second-class citizens and breed discrimination have no place in our country.
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Everyone deserves the right to marry who they love.
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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.
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No government has the right to tell consenting adults that their love is inadequate or unacceptable.
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No American, regardless of who they love, should be denied equal protection under the law.
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Proud to be a participate in the NOH8 on the hill campaign. http://t.co/rviBX3b7ff
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#SCOTUS rulings this week on voter rights & same-sex marriage. We need true marriage equality & strong voter protection laws
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#NOH8onTheHill photos & blog are live! Thanks to @NOH8Campaign & my colleagues for standing up for #equality...http://t.co/xTy9BZXQli
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So proud of my friend Sen. @LisaMurkowski for supporting #marriageequality! http://t.co/MhPOdvpdU4 The march twd equality advances every day
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Proud to stand for marriage equality & equal rights with my colleagues and #NOH8ontheHill http://t.co/t1u9LRrosl
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June is #LGBT #PrideMonth: let's celebrate how far we've come as a nation but also remember how far we have to go 4 full equality 4 all.
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We've got one more step, but I expect it to pass with overwhelming support.
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We're seeing the politicians make a decision tonight that the people of this country wouldn't make.
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We are overwhelmed with pride by this vote to move our society forward.
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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?
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The Canons of the Church of England define marriage, in accordance with Christ's teaching and the doctrine of the Church, as being between a man and a woman.
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You would think that, since marriage was not designed to accommodate homosexuality and never has done so through millennia of Western history, the burden of proof would fall on the innovators. It does not.
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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.
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Could a father not marry his son?...I worry that it means somehow we debase, or we change, what marriage is. I just worry about that.
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Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this Earth is limited, I know that better than most. Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back-- government has no place in the middle.
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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
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[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.
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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.
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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.
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Please consider changing your profile today in support--esp if you are a straight ally.
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Check out all the people who came out to the #SupremeCourt today to show their support for #MarriageEquality http://t.co/dugdkeslRo
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Big day for equality. Let's see how the Supreme Court views Defense Against Marriage Act. fingers crossed reason and fairness win out.
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Get the fuck over it - equality for all
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Marriage Equality! Let's start a revolution!
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It's been a long time coming but I know a change is gonna come... http://t.co/1fC1E9WKdO
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ungay and gay how are they not equal humans
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Americans just don't see same sex marriage being natural.
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SCOTUS: When Steven Spielberg & Tony Kushner make the movie about today you are going to want to be the Tommy Lee Jones not the Lee Pace.
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RT if you agree that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness applies to #LGBT Americans http://t.co/SpAHqWKRrE #Time4Marriage @HRC
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I 100 percent agree this needs to happen. http://t.co/AkZTEpUn67
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"Good christians" said that about slavery RT @sandykoko / there is nothing modern about gay marriage.Thats not how God has designed it.
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Be yourself, together.
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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.
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Redefining marriage would further undermine an institution already weakened by pervasive infidelity and divorce. We need to promote a culture of marriage and family, not further dilute it.
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58% of Americans believe that same-sex couples should have the freedom to marry, & I'm proud to be one of them: http://t.co/StZjPFhXMc
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[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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Yet another facet of the incivility of marriage inequality: Behold the nightmare that is tax season for gay couples http://t.co/evqWMte2yh
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