I believe same sex couples should be able to marry and have the same rights, benefits, privileges and responsibilities as any other married couple
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.+ 2 more statements
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’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.
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.+ 2 more statements
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 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.+ 1 more statement
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
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
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.+ 3 more statements
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.
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.
If we are endowed by our Creator with rights, then why shouldn't those be attainable by Gays and Lesbians?
...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?
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.
God defined marriage, not government.
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.
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.
Find your understanding.
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.
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.
We encourage the Supreme Court to find Proposition 8 unconstitutional and restore the freedom to marry to all of California’s loving, committed couples.
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.
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.
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.
If Mark Kirk’s stroke made him think about the poor, then bravo. Same for Rob Portman.
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.
Since countries have begun recognizing same-sex relationships, governments have seen challenges to nearly every other traditional norm.
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.
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?
There is nothing conservative about denying other Americans the ability to forge that same relationship with the person they love.
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.
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.
Freedom means freedom for everyone.
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.
We support marriage equality consistent with equal protection under the law provided under the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.
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.
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.
Let [gay people] go through what [straight people] go through.
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
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.+ 2 more statements
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
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
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.+ 2 more statements
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.
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.+ 2 more statements
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.+ 1 more statement
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.
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.
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.
The 14th Amendment is a check on the states' power to be "laboratories of democracy" to allude to Justice Louis Brandeis' evocative phrase.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The GOP stance is discriminatory and out of step with where Illinois and the nation are headed.
It is not as though nearly every society in history adopted the view of marriage we defend in order to harm gays and lesbians.
Gays can get married. They have to marry a member of the opposite sex.
At this point, I am concerned about doing the right thing.