On Wednesday, the Daily Chronicle asked its Facebook audience of more than 6,100 people for their reactions to the Supreme Court’s decisions on two gay marriage cases. Some of their responses:
“I am so happy! Why shouldn’t this have passed! We are all equal!”
– Bethany Gisseler, Sycamore
“It’s an amazing step in the right direction, but there are still many battles left to fight. But I believe love is love and I have never understood those who waste so much energy hating love. Hopefully one day soon that won’t be the case.”
– Tzilla Helen, originally from Franklin Grove, currently Dekalb.
“It’s a beautiful thing – love has no boundaries!”
– Karly Zucker, DeKalb
“I think we have way more important things to worry about. Love is love, regardless of who it is.”
– Susan Bles, Sycamore
“This debate was won long ago. Now the Supreme Court has affirmed the right of equality under the law. This will be looked back upon as no different than saying interracial couples shouldn’t marry. DOMA was an attack on equality and freedom, it was bigotry disguised in ‘traditional’ values.”
– Patrick Mlady, DeKalb
“I wish they had a defense against adultery instead, and that would be defense for marriage!”
– Enchantra R. Rowcliff, DeKalb
“Gays deserve to be just as miserable as everyone else!!”
– Zane Bigman, Waterman
“Separation of church and state, anyone?”
– Cate Cardella, DeKalb
“Happy day for me and my friends!”
– Jesus Raya, DeKalb
“Happy day for divorce lawyers!”
– Carman Alexander, Sycamore
“Today, I am proud of our nation for the first time in a long time”
– Rachel Hampton, DeKalb
Reactions from around the country:
“The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”
– President Barack Obama
“While I am obviously disappointed in the ruling, it is always critical that we protect our system of checks and balances. A robust national debate over marriage will continue in the public square, and it is my hope that states will define marriage as the union between one man and one woman.”
– House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
“We are devastated that the Supreme Court succumbed to political pressure by voting to weaken the sacred institution. They neglected our most precious children who need a mother and a father united in marriage for healthy development.”
– The Rev. William Owens, president of Coalition of African-American Pastors
“The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision today puts the court on the right side of history. DOMA is unjust, un-American, and out of step with the values of our country.”
– Rep. Jim Moran, D-Va.
“Today’s rulings advance civil marriage equality, but they should also serve as a call for Christians to embrace religious marriage equality. Countless faithful Christians have lived out their lives in committed same-sex relationships, and we have seen the fruits of their fidelity in our families, our congregations and our communities. If we use this historic moment to see more clearly how their faithfulness contributes to the common good, we will better be able to walk with our LGBT sisters and brothers as an act of Christian faith.”
– The Rev. Gary Hall, dean of Washington National Cathedral.
“At the heart of the gay marriage argument is an untruth: unions of two men or women are not the same as unions of husband and wife. The law cannot make it so, it can only require us to paint pretty pictures to cover up deep truths embedded in human nature.”
– Maggie Gallagher, fellow at the American Principles Project and co-founder of the National Organization for Marriage
“We still have a long way to go, as far as marriage equality throughout the country, but as a military spouse it is a great day to be an American.”
– Ashley Broadway, a mother of two small children and married to Lt. Col. Heather Mack, stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C.