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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

Supporters of gay marriage embrace outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.  CHARLES DHARAPAK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHARLES DHARAPAK/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Supporters of gay marriage embrace outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington.

The court invalidated a provision of the federal Defense of Marriage Act that has prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people. The vote was 5-4.

Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote the majority opinion.

Same-sex marriage has been adopted by 12 states and the District of Columbia. Another 18,000 couples were married in California during a brief period when same-sex unions were legal there.

The court has yet to release its decision on California’s ban on same-sex marriage.

“Under DOMA, same-sex married couples have their lives burdened, by reason of government decree, in visible and public ways,” Kennedy said.

“DOMA’s principal effect is to identify a subset of state-sanctioned marriages and make them unequal,” he said.

He was joined by the court’s four liberal justices.

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas dissented.

Scalia read his dissent aloud. Scalia said the court should not have decided the case.

But, given that it did, he said, “we have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation.”

The law was passed in 1996 by broad majorities in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and signed into law by Democratic President Bill Clinton. Since then, many lawmakers who voted for the law and Clinton have renounced their support.

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burninater
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burninater 06/26/13 - 02:59 pm
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"Sigh. It was nice for the

"Sigh. It was nice for the almost 240 years that it has lasted. Now a lot of us will be hoping to avoid the soviet-style persecution and incarceration that looms down the road, when voicing our opposition will be criminalized as a hate crime."
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Well Fiat, you should be thankful that America is full of strong-willed people, who stand up for the freedoms of others against the bigots that believe their freedoms are violated if they can no longer discriminate against someone.

Today's ruling is one more American victory against the type of mindset that believes that soviet-style persecution is acceptable against those who lead a disapproved-of lifestyle. Because of this ruling, there is one less example of soviet-style persecution in our nation today.

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faithson 06/26/13 - 03:09 pm
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I could hear the sizzile when they announced....

no gay couple is getting married at my Catholic church anytime soon. In fact nothing, i mean really NOTHING will change. Gay couples having a standing before the courts in matters concerning their legal rights is all that is being said. and because, yes BECAUSE our constitution does NOT favor any religion, nor its proclivities, this ruling was and is proper. All you 'taliban' leaning religionists need to get a grip. This ruling is about 'civil rights', not biblical mandates.

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InChristLove 06/26/13 - 03:17 pm
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"If you ever see someone

"If you ever see someone suffering with cancer and the pain is so bad that modern drugs cannot stop it, you be sure to tell them "God is in control and you need not worry about your pain."

dahreese, God does not cause the pain and He does see us through difficult and painful times. If you are a believer and have put your faith in God, then yes you can say without a doubt, my pain is horrible and it is something I do not want to go through, but through the Grace and Mercy of a Heavenly Father who loves me, He IS in control and when He calls me to come home then there will be no more pain.

Glad you stated "once was" because if you were any value as a man of God or "Chaplian" you would know this.

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RonRoberts 06/26/13 - 03:19 pm
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Typical reaction from the radical

rightists. "Woe is the nation." "Bestaility and polygamy is next."

People evolve; why can't crutches and bumper sticker slogans bigot use to mock marriage equality?

Sean Moores, if you want balanced reaction, the paper should consider balanced opinions. The ACES long history of neo-conservatism has run off most Progressive thinking readers. All that's left, basically, are crotchety, set-in-their-ways malcontents.

Bizkit, the failings of Sodom and Gomorrah have nothing to do with homosexuality. Pride and inhospitality were the grievous sins of Sodom and Gomorrah.

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Bizkit 06/26/13 - 03:20 pm
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Sigh, Probably nothing will

Sigh, Probably nothing will change. The SCOTUS ruled it is unconstitutional to perform drug testing on govt employees yet it doesn't stop them. The same logic applied to govt would also apply to any business too-but drug testing is now just a given no matter the SCOTUS ruling.

RonRoberts
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RonRoberts 06/26/13 - 03:20 pm
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Faithson...

..if only the Catholic church were as vigilant about same-sex predatory activity within its ranks.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 06/26/13 - 03:30 pm
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I don't think the

I don't think the conservative paper runs off progressives, liberals or independents. I know some of all post here. Fox news is the most popular news venue so a lot of progressive must examine it too. I watch MSNBC, CNN, Fox and finally watch NPR to get the real news-hee,hee,hee. If you can hold your own with arguments with merit-you stand a fighting chance although admittedly logic often flies out the window.

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corgimom 06/26/13 - 03:31 pm
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Churches turn down people to

Churches turn down people to marry all the time, this "the sky is falling" is just bizarre.

This decision has nothing to do with religion, it's sad that some people think that everything is about that and that the US is supposed to revolve around the Catholic Church.

The same tired arguments were used about interracial couples, too, and the US didn't fall apart. If gay people marrying can make a country fall apart, then it wasn't much of a country to begin with.

GiantsAllDay
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GiantsAllDay 06/26/13 - 03:36 pm
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Corgimom +1

Corgimom
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faithson
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faithson 06/26/13 - 03:38 pm
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Ron

then... now it is all about 'no hugs' and keep your distance.. if only the Catholic church were as vigilant about women's issues as they are about keeping 'social control'... the church really has turned into a global 'social club', with all previous 'evils' tucked away under.. 'that was then' and it wasn't our fault, look at what we had to work with.

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rmwhitley 06/26/13 - 03:43 pm
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If gays wish to be married, that is certainly their business.
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If gays wish me to financially support them, that becomes MY business. I have problems with children exposed to a lifestyle that can lead to sexual bullying and believe me homosexuals have a deviant lifestyle when it comes to impressionable children. Just as blacks demanded that I had to adhere to unconstitutional voting regulations, the fed needs to keep its leftist slant to itself. Thank God q(sic)s can't reproduce.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/26/13 - 03:44 pm
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(RonRoberts) "Bizkit, the

(RonRoberts) "Bizkit, the failings of Sodom and Gomorrah have nothing to do with homosexuality. Pride and inhospitality were the grievous sins of Sodom and Gomorrah."

Some need a bible study class. Yeah God rained down fire and sulfur, or brimstone, out of the heavens because a whole town was inhospitable.

In the book of Genesis, in the scriptures pertaining to Sodom and Gomorrah, God states in Genesis 18:20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous.

Abraham asked would God killed the righteous along with the wicked and God told him if there were at least 10 righteous people he would spare the cities.

The Greek word of the New Testament that is usually translated as "wicked" is pronounced pon-ay-ros. It means to be hurtful by degeneracy i.e. "twisting" what is good into something that is demoralized psychologically and perverted physically. As with the Hebrew word, it is done by "wicked works" - sick, Satanic behavior.

The people were wicked, twisted, demoralized psychologically and perverted physcially. This does not sound like they were just merely inhospitable prideful people. They were perverted, sexually immoral people.

Sugar coat it all you like and believe what you wish. God destroyed the city because of homosexual behavior and disobediance to the will of God.

With all that said, thank the Lord He is a forgiving God and all our sinful behavior (even homosexual behavior) can be forgiven and our relationship restored with Him. We have to remember Ephesians 6:12 "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms."

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Fiat_Lux 06/26/13 - 03:46 pm
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@OJP, 2:50 pm

Kindly review Dixieman's 11:49 am.

Extrapolation, my friend, and generalization. Those two facets of critical thinking can help one prepare for the seemingly inevitable, sometime allowing one to sidestep or thwart it completely.

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faithson 06/26/13 - 03:46 pm
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come on now.. u know like i do that a whole lotta bloggers here are single source consumers... lookin for their 'ideas' to be expressed, not giving another side of the story a chance. of course there are 'good' arguments on both sides, generally, but once one bites from the fruit of 'righteous indignation', a two sided discussion becomes almost impossible. always found u to be a fair 'discusser' of issues, even though your distain for OB is a little over the top at times.

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Dixieman 06/26/13 - 03:51 pm
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Couple of things

Ah, I do love the mentality of those who call anyone who opposes their point of view a bigot. We are not allowed to be opponents, traditionalists, conservatives, thoughtful commentators -- nope, if we disagree with you we are bigots.
And Christian ministers? Why....they are just filled with hate and will bang on the pulpit! Every one of them. In fact, they must have to take and pass a hateful bigotry exam in order to become clergy.
People in Canada have already been prosecuted for reading aloud from the Bible outside gay pride events as a hate crime. Canada.
People in America have already been prosecuted for refusing to enthusiastically embrace gay weddings, not just tolerate them. A florist out West was reported to the local government civil rights commission for refusing to furnish flowers for a gay wedding and had to hire a lawyer to defend himself.
In England the current bill to allow gay marriage has several clauses saying ministers cannot be sued for civil rights violations for refusing to perform gay wedding ceremonies, but many solicitors and Members of Parliament say this will not work and they will be sued.
Polygamy is the same as bestiality and adult incest? Nope, never said that. Actually, I can see adult homosexual incest as being championed since they cannot reproduce while adult heterosexual incest is disallowed on genetic, not moral, grounds.
When I came into this world homosexuality was forbidden. Now it is tolerated. I hope to pass out of this world before it becomes compulsory.

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Sean Moores 06/26/13 - 04:02 pm
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@ Ron Roberts 3:19

I wouldn't call all of the liberal (or conservative) commenters on this story "crotchety, set-in-their-ways malcontents." I think we have some very good and prolific Progressive commenters.
Actually the comments are very balanced. I was referring to the Storify tweets that are under the story.

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faithson 06/26/13 - 04:09 pm
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love ya to death, but you are putting words in people's mouth's that are not there.... 'God destroyed the city because of homosexual behavior' are YOUR words, or the words of a present day interpreter you are quoting, not OT. Pretty ugly scene in Sodom at that time... for sure, in need of a clean up... for sure. but what exactly IS this evil that brought destruction upon them... the evil of no self control, the evil of self over the whole, the evil of unbridled liberty... the evil of not doing the 'Father's will'... some disengenously apply 'their' understanding of the Father's will in their lives on another. Preach, and use words only when asked, comes to mind. pace e bene

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Bizkit 06/26/13 - 04:08 pm
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Some truth to that faithson.

Some truth to that faithson. People do like to feel they are correct and there is never really a debate. I really tire of the original research where posters seek out resources that they contend support their posit-no matter the intent of the author. This is a comment and opinion section-not a term paper. Sometimes there isn't a right and wrong answer-just agree to disagree would be nice. I must admit my sense of humor has diminished from my past monikers and I really have lost faith in govt independent of political party-bunch of losers. Fact I hate the word "political" because it is just toxic waste-once you politicize any issue it is the kiss of death- no truth, no logic or reason, generally nothing gets done.

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OJP 06/26/13 - 04:10 pm
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@Fiat_Lux

You can complain about what might be or could be but we are discussing what is: the Supreme Court handed down a states' rights decision.

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OJP 06/26/13 - 04:12 pm
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@Dixieman

"When I came into this world homosexuality was forbidden. Now it is tolerated. I hope to pass out of this world before it becomes compulsory."

Translation: Get off my lawn.

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Dixieman 06/26/13 - 04:18 pm
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My remarks need no translation.

Or interpretation. They speak for themselves.

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faithson 06/26/13 - 04:20 pm
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with ya on the 'political'

it just seems that with our real problems staring us in the face, we could at least 'define' some of them in specific terminology so that a rational discussion can be had without all the "political" ... toxic waste-... kiss of death- no truth, no logic or reason, generally nothing... getting in the way. U do know benevolent dictatorships really do work great WHEN the dictator is on the side of the people.

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GiantsAllDay 06/26/13 - 04:32 pm
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There are plenty of people on

There are plenty of people on this forum who almost always disagree with me yet are not bigots. Examples:
ICL is NOT a bigot
SeenitB4 is NOT a bigot
Humble Angela is NOT a bigot
LittleLamb is NOT a bigot (LL has even said some nice things about me a couple of times-this doesn't go unnoticed).
There are others. I only use the 'B' word when bigoted statements are made. My parents taught me to use the quacks like a duck, walks like a duck philosophy.

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GiantsAllDay 06/26/13 - 04:47 pm
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I have a friend on twitter

I have a friend on twitter who is gay. He tweeted, this morning I woke up to find I'm no longer a second class citizen. I thought about tweeting back, in 37 states you still are, but I kept that to myself.

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burninater 06/26/13 - 04:52 pm
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"Ah, I do love the mentality

"Ah, I do love the mentality of those who call anyone who opposes their point of view a bigot. We are not allowed to be opponents, traditionalists, conservatives, thoughtful commentators -- nope, if we disagree with you we are bigots."
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My two cents, Dixieman: oppositional viewpoints are not bigotry.

Oppositional viewpoints that seek to diminish the common humanity of others; that seek to diminish the standing of an individual in the eyes of God; that seek to compare consensual relationships between adults to pedophila, bestiality, and necrophilia; and that seek to diminish a person's equal standing under the law -- THIS is bigotry.

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KSL 06/26/13 - 04:54 pm
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When you have a nation made up of a producing group and a receiving group, how is your benevolent dictator going to be on the side of "the people"?

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KSL 06/26/13 - 04:58 pm
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Now if the Supreme Court will just be consistent in its ruling on states rights!

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Bizkit 06/26/13 - 05:28 pm
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big·otnouna person who is

big·ot
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a person who is utterly intolerant of any differing creed, belief, or opinion.

OMG that makes all of us bigots!!!!! It seems to diminish others is the posting creed and mantra. LOL. Equality and freedom in America continues to be a struggle doesn't it. One step forward for this civil right, yet privacy is no longer an option. To "judge" others is a bigot-because you set yourself up as the gold standard to compare as the norm.

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burninater 06/26/13 - 05:35 pm
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Good points, Biz. Perhaps I

Good points, Biz. Perhaps I should narrow my definition of bigotry to only include those who seek to, or speak in support of, restricting the legal standing of individuals simply because of their identity.

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Riverman1 06/26/13 - 06:01 pm
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Pillar of Salt

Don't look back as you run away or you'll turn into a pillar of salt.

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