Reactions to same-sex marriage rulings
MILWAUKEE - After the Supreme Court's decisions on California's ban on same-sex marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act, people are responding.
President Obama tweeted on the decisions from Air Force One Wednesday, saying, "Today's DOMA ruling is a historic step forward for #MarriageEquality. #LoveIsLove."
Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin, also the first openly-gay member of Congress and Senate, released the following statement -
“The debate over marriage equality is about fairness – about whether gay and lesbian Americans deserve to be treated just like their family members, their friends, and their neighbors. It’s about opportunity – about whether every American gets to dream the same dreams, chase the same ambitions, and have the same shot at success. And it’s about freedom –the freedom to love, the freedom to commit, the freedom to build a family. Most of all, it’s about whether the progress our country has made will be reflected in our laws.
One thing is clear; people’s views on marriage equality are changing because they believe LGBT family members, friends, and neighbors deserve to be treated like everyone else in the United States.
Today the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in two historic cases that reflect the progress we have all witnessed across our country. This progress is defined by the ideal that more and more Americans want to leave to the next generation a country that is more equal, not less.
The nation’s highest court reaffirmed our founding belief that all Americans are created equal under the law. The Court made a strong statement for equality and freedom, overturning discrimination against gay and lesbian American citizens simply because of who they love.
While this is a huge step forward for our country, the fight to make America more equal does not end with a Supreme Court decision. There is more work to be done to fulfill the promise of freedom and equality for all – in which America becomes a place where every family’s love and commitment can be recognized and respected under the law.”
Senator Mark Miller released the following statement -
“I am thrilled with the Supreme Court’s decision today to strike down DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) and to uphold the lower court decision to extend marriage equality to California residents. These decisions keep our country on the rapidly broadening path to full marriage equality for all Americans.
“With the addition of California today, marriage equality is now available to residents of one quarter of the states….over 30% of the national population. Gay Americans have fought a long and tumultuous battle for equality. They want to be equal before the law. Public opinion supports them. The law in more and more states now supports them.
“Love is a powerful emotion that includes all of humanity. Marriage is a covenant of devotion that should be available to all. Wisconsin will eventually recognize marriage equality; my hope is that we will do it soon.”
Milwaukee Archbishop Listecki said, “The Supreme Court redefined our nation’s law, but it cannot redefine marriage as God created it.”“By design, God made man and woman, uniquely in his image and to complement one another in a way that brings forth new life. Our Catholic community will continue to work to support and strengthen families.”
But the archdiocense added that, "The Catholic Church also opposes any and all unjust discrimination against, or mistreatment of, homosexuals. Neither their personhood nor their dignity is being questioned. The heart of the question, in fact, is the defense and preservation of the public institutions and the common vision for human flourishing upon which any free and just democracy directly depends."