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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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Today’s historic decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court are major victories for equality and our country. In striking down the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act and tossing out Proposition 8 in California, the Supreme Court today affirmed that all Americans, regardless of their sexual orientation, should be treated fairly and recognized under the law.
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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’s rulings are a historic victory towards marriage equality. The Supreme Court made the right decision by striking down DOMA. Same-sex married couples will now be able to receive equal federal benefits as heterosexual married couples. As a supporter of equal rights for all, I am pleased that the Court ruled in favor of equal treatment and protection under federal law.
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Today’s landmark decision by the Supreme Court is a victory for social justice and a major step toward the goal of achieving equality for all in our country.
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The Supreme Court’s rulings on marriage equality today are a huge step forward for our country.
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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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My support of the LGBT community and marriage equality is strong and resolute. We must stand up for marriage equality, today and always.
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...We are all equal under the law regardless of sexual orientation. We ought to embrace diversity and love one another, regardless of who we love. No one should feel threatened because of who they are.
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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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Civil rights belong to all Americans.
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I stand in solidarity with those who have faced discrimination and intolerance simply because of who they love. I vow to never stop fighting for equality, respect, and equal protection of the law for all LGBT Americans.
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I am compelled to stand for justice and equality for all of humanity.
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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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Marriage equality is a civil rights and social justice issue that must not be limited by state borders. Let’s continue the fight for equality and fairness for all Americans.
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Iowa has long been a leader in the fight for equal rights. I am proud to stand in solidarity with millions of Americans in support of marriage equality. The time to end discrimination is now.
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I've been an outsider most of my life and people fought for me and fought for people like me to be where I am today.
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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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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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Marriage equality is a human right, and I am committed to ensuring that it becomes a reality.
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By giving our thumbs-down to hatred, intolerance, and injustice, we reaffirm the principles that make our nation great. The march toward full equality for all Americans, including same-sex couples who wish to marry, continues.
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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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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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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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Culture may change, but God has an immutable character.
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I had a Catholic priest tell me that I was supporting an unnatural act. I found that quite interesting coming from someone who's taken an oath of celibacy for his whole life.
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In our society, the meaning of marriage is universal - it's a declaration of love and commitment to a special person.
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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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We do not have a choice to change who we are, gay or straight. But we do have a very clear choice as individuals and as a society to define how we treat others.
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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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If we are endowed by our Creator with rights, then why shouldn't those be attainable by Gays and Lesbians?
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...it’s kind of like marriage when you say it’s not a man and a woman any more, then why not have three men and one woman, or four women and one man, or why not somebody has a love for an animal?
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As our society has changed and evolved, so too has the public's opinion on gay marriage – and so has mine.
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I’m just not there as far as believing in my heart that we should change 2,000 years of social policy in favor of a redefinition of the family.
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God defined marriage, not government.
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We are very much supportive of the family -- the biblical definition of the family unit. We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.
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Well, my thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It's a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality.
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Find your understanding.
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#EqualityNow!
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The arc of American history bends irreversibly toward inclusion of previously marginalized groups, which means that greater equality for gays is inevitable. But the justices are waiting for a cavalry that won’t arrive if they are hoping that the states will establish a common set of rules for same-sex marriage before the Court itself must act.
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How would you feel if it was your love that people were denying? #EqualityMatters #MarriageEquality http://t.co/1fFtEpBkhr
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So much hate in the world, it shouldn't matter who someone turns to for love. #Equality
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Please help support HRC's #UnitedForMarriage, add a #Twibbon now! http://t.co/5GOSkj1dBl
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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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#MarriageEquality is on everyone's minds. I'm hope #Prop8 is defeated. Freedom to marry is essential and EVERYONE has a right to happiness.
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I changed my picture today to stand up for HUMAN rights, you should do the same, equality rox!
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... supporters of gay marriage are asking the Supreme Court to declare the traditional definition of marriage — and by extension everyone who adheres to it — irrational and bigoted.
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We encourage the Supreme Court to find Proposition 8 unconstitutional and restore the freedom to marry to all of California’s loving, committed couples.
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As a Californian, it’s fun watching SCOTUS prepare to vote the same way I did on the rancid, hateful Prop 8.
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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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Absolut support.
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I support marriage equality because it is the fair and right thing to do.
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We fundamentally believe that all people deserve equal rights. We believe that denying people basic rights and protections simply because of who they are and whom they love is wrong. It's an unconstitutional breach of our right to equal protection under the law.
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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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If Mark Kirk’s stroke made him think about the poor, then bravo. Same for Rob Portman.
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The left has pushed through Hollywood through every means that gay marriage is equal in every way to straight marriage.
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Let’s not be naïve, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.
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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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Since countries have begun recognizing same-sex relationships, governments have seen challenges to nearly every other traditional norm.
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Proud to sign onto amicus brief calling for SCOTUS to strike down #DOMA. In MA, we've been leaders in this fight for marriage equality
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Stopping same-sex marriages does nothing to support families battered by economic adversity. Instead, it excludes and punishes people who seek only to live as conservatives would urge them to live.
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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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There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love.
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This is a bill that is a defining moment here in this state.
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To redefine marriage is discriminatory towards those who hold the sincerely held religious belief that it is a sacred institution between a man & a woman.
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I have a lot of gay friends. I don't think it's fair they can't get married.
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There is a movement on to normalize pedophilia, and I guarantee you your reaction to that is probably much the same as your reaction when you first heard about gay marriage.
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When freedom to be creative becomes the freedom to create oneself, then necessarily the Maker himself is denied and ultimately man too is stripped of his dignity as a creature of God.
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Same-sex folks are getting married in Washington State! One big step forward for civil rights in the U.S.!
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We are delighted that the nation’s highest court will decide whether to uphold the will of more than 7 million Californians who voted to preserve the unique definition of marriage as only between one man and one woman.
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Here’s what we know about life. I have all kinds of natural feelings in my life and it doesn’t necessarily mean that I should act on every feeling.
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We believe that marriage, the union of one man and one woman must be upheld as the national standard...
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Very proud of @MtDems' vocal support for #marriageequality over the weekend http://t.co/nDA3AR6E
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Over dinner at a Capitol Hill restaurant, he argued that marriage was an essential component of happiness that gay couples had every right to enjoy, recalled David Frum, a conservative author and former Bush speechwriter.
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May 30, 2012
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We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
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I stand behind President Obama & support gay marriage. I'm an American citizen & I believe people should live their life the way they want.
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May 15, 2012
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Marriage equality is not a choice. It is a legal right.
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No American president has ever supported a major expansion of civil rights that has not ultimately been adopted by the American people – and I have no doubt that this will be no exception.
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President Obama’s announcement in support of equal rights for gay and lesbian couples shows the kind of courageous leadership that puts him in the vanguard of expanding civil rights for all. Today is a great day in our march for equality.
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Marriage is a civil right. Our courts have said so. Our government, based on the ideals of freedom and equality, should not be denying anybody's civil rights based on their sexual orientation.
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Marriage was defined by God a long time ago. Marriage is almost as old as dirt, and it was defined in the garden between Adam and Eve -- one man, one woman for life till death do you part.
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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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Let [gay people] go through what [straight people] go through.
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If I'm in Boston...and I see two guys walking down the street holding hands and they have wedding bands, I don't think I'm going to go 'honey that looks good...I'm going to do that.'
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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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Today’s Supreme Court rulings mark a giant step forward for marriage equality. If we are truly a nation where the pursuit of happiness is for one and for all, then any person regardless of gender should be allowed to live in a committed relationship with the one they love.
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Today, our LGBT brothers and sisters are recognized as equals; that their lives are not worth less than anyone else’s. Today, the arc of the moral universe bent a little bit further towards justice, and I could not be more proud.
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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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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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No couple needs a court to tell them that their feelings have always been real and their commitment has always been true, but today we stand as a nation and say that we are with you.
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Citizens in 38 states affirm the reality that marriage is between a man and woman and with good reason. #1m1w
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Marriage is a prvt institut'n that gov shouldn't define. To millions of Americans, it's also a religious sacrmnt that needs no gov approval.
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Today's #SCOTUS decisions are a landmark civil rights victory & a meaningful step towards the #MarriageEquality same-sex couples deserve.
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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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Proposition 8 and other hateful laws like the far-reaching constitutional amendment that passed in Virginia in 2006 fly in the face of our nation’s commitment to equal treatment under the law. Discrimination has no place in the laws that govern our nation.
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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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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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In the greatest nation on Earth, there should be no second class citizens.
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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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Together we can stand up to discrimination, press for marriage equality, and build a safer and more tolerant society.
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This comes down to fundamental fairness, and all couples should have the opportunity to share their love and commitment through marriage.
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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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All Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, deserve to be able to marry the person they love.
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As a longtime supporter of LGBT rights and marriage equality, I am proud to support the NOH8 campaign against discrimination. All Americans deserve equal treatment.
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Our commitment to equality is a reflection of our nation’s character and its strength. I support equal rights for everyone in California and across the nation and am proud to be part of the NOH8 campaign.
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Gay and lesbian couples who accept the responsibility of marriage should have all the rights that come with that responsibility. The time for marriage equality is now.
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In my mind, the freedom to marry--the freedom to unconditionally love whomever you choose--is a civil right, a human right, and as inalienable as any other freedom afforded to us by the Constitution. After decades of fighting for marriage equality and equal rights, I have learned that true freedom demands equal treatment under the law.
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I support marriage equality because the fundamental right to love and marry whomever one chooses belongs to all Americans. To disparage committed gay and lesbian couples as unequal or second-class is unconstitutional, immoral, and wrong.
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I changed my avatar today because I'm a Democrat who supports equality and the repeal of #DOMA.
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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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We've seen a sea change in society's whole attitude on this particular issue and it's only natural for government to be responsive to those changes.
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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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After conversations I’ve had with family members, with people I go to church with and with North Carolinians from all walks of life, I’ve come to my own personal conclusion that we should not tell people who they can love, or who they can marry.
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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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The 14th Amendment is a check on the states' power to be "laboratories of democracy" to allude to Justice Louis Brandeis' evocative phrase.
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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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L.G.B.T. Americans are our colleagues, our teachers, our soldiers, our friends, our loved ones, and they are full and equal citizens and deserve the rights of citizenship. That includes 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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Marriage is the legal means by which children are stably united with their biological mothers and fathers and poised for optimal development. Opposite-sex parenting allows children to benefit from distinctive maternal and paternal contributions. Given these facts, safeguarding marriage is a liberty to be accorded to children at least as much as to their parents.
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This is not simply a case about gay rights. It is a case about human rights, which find their compelling moral imperative in a consideration of our common humanity.
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The GOP stance is discriminatory and out of step with where Illinois and the nation are headed.
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Mar 5, 2013
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It is not as though nearly every society in history adopted the view of marriage we defend in order to harm gays and lesbians.
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Gays can get married. They have to marry a member of the opposite sex.
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We are doing it on the basis of emotion and the needs of citizens who actively vote.
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...an important step forward that strengthens society.