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The Supreme Court struck down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday, now allowing legally married same-sex couples to receive federal benefits. The court also cleared the way for same-sex marriages in California, declining to rule on the state’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman.

Why do the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage matter to you?

By Katie Park, Leslie Passante, Ryan Kellett and Masuma Ahuja. Published: June 26, 2013

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As an individual in a same-sex relationship I am restricted to the states that have laws that would recognize my marriage rights legally. But these are not necessarily places I want to live. My hope is that the Midwestern states will follow suit and I can be close to my family there.

June 26

I was married heterosexually, but then my husband had gender reassignment surgery as a transsexual in 2004. We remained married, but because of DOMA, I was no longer allowed to be on her federal government medical insurance, even though we were still legally married in EVERY state of the union.

June 26

Heartwarming to know that a friend and his partner of 34 years have been shown the respect their relationship deserves.

June 26

I think same sex partners should be allowed to register as domestic partners to receive tax benefits,health inusrance, property, etc. However, I do not agree that they should be allowed to marry. Historically, the social mores fell then the collapse of civilization followed.

June 26

It forces a significant segment of society to accept deviancy on par with normal human beings. A true disappointment from SCOTUS ... again

June 26

It's of historical significance that the day after the Voting Rights Act is gutted this decision comes down. What do these two decisions mean about our country's current views of justice? Has their been a major shift when it comes to thinking about social equity?

June 26

Who someone loves is personal. Family is not determined by what sex you are, but rather by the love and commitment of it. The state does not need to determine who you may marry. It's a fairness & equality issue.

June 26

I do not understand how the fore fathers define marriage as being between two people. without a man and a woman is impossible To have birth. I believe that gays should have rights but that should not be called marriage. its should be called civil unions just like the Netherlands. may God help us

June 26

I am a foreign national married to my American same-sex partner with whom I have two biological children. Today's decisions impact enormously on our legal rights and socio-economic situation as a family - and give us added faith in both the legal system and the country as a whole.

June 26

Permitting only heterosexual marriage was legalized discrimination that affected all aspects of life (finances, adoptions, commitment). Striving for equality only improves our society. I am straight, single, Christian if anyone wants to attribute my position to labels.

June 26

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of press and hype and political time goes to appeasing such a small percentage of our population. It seems that we are celebrating one of natures flukes.

June 26

why are married people treated differently under the law in the first place? what is the state trying to sanction by providing them with certain privileges? if it does so, it certainly can't make the case that it endorses a particular theological definition of that condition. however, states can. :(

June 26

The idea that more people will get married and more people will get divorced is scary. I don't think they many people comprehend what it means to subject the terms of their relationship to the laws governing marriage and divorce in the State in which they live.

June 26

In America, every citizen should have the legal right to share their life with anyone they choose. Finding that other soul that brings you joy should not be limited by some idiotic law. Some say that same-sex marriage is sinful. That will have to be worked out with GOD.

June 26

I believe love, and the ability to formally recognize that love, is an unalienable human right.

June 26

It is a step in the direction of gay citizens being treated equally under the law, and of being treated with full human respect in society at large.

June 26

This will cause my tax bill to increase since I am in a "traditional" marriage and we will be granting spousal benefits to people who did not have them before. Other than that, this affects me very little. Congrats to GLBT and you're welcome for the financial boost.

June 26

It means the state will attack the church and all its institutions for not affirming same sex marriage.

June 26

This is wonderful progress! Two generations ago, skin color was the issue used to suppress rights which our Constitution says apply to everyone. 50 years later, love and marriage is the issue. Ironically, the "youth" of the '60s have been slow to reject discrimination and hate they despised before.

June 26

I live in Delaware which just approved gay marriage. one of my 9 grandchildren is a lesbian and now lives in Colorado which just permitted civil unions. I am Unitarian Universalist We support this issue.

June 26

I've been upset about the Patriot Act eroding our constitutional freedoms. Now today we've gotten a little of that back with a step toward equal rights for all. After all, love is love.

June 26

It doesn't really matter to me, though I am curious how this will impact Social Security and Medicare now that it will add who knows how many people to the "spousal benefits" list. I'm more interested in the supremes ruling on the 5th amendment.

June 26

At the very heart of the matter, opponents to gay marriage invoke religious principles that they wish to enforce with civil law. The same was true before the vote was granted to women. Too bad if it goes against their faith, it cannot go against our constitution.

June 26

Grateful for both decisions, getting ready for state-by-state battles ahead.

June 26

I have lesbian friends and relatives who have been living without the same governmental protections that I enjoy for too long. I rejoice that they now are closer to having the same status and governmental protections.

June 26

22 yrs sharing love, support, finances, joy, adoption, illness, children, fear, grief, sex, happiness, anger, home, frustration, death of parents, siblings & friends, domestic partnership, NY state marriage license...time to call it what everyone else calls it: marriage. Plain and simple.

June 26

My husband and I are happily married. Our gay and lesbian friends deserve the chance to legally marry, too, and share the same rights and responsibilities that we've shared for the past 21 years.

June 26

It makes me feel like being a patriot is finally appropriate.

June 26

It means I can tell my daughter America is about equality... and mean it.

June 26

Equal rights is something that the U.S. has yet to fully understand and embrace, although it tries. People are equal. Period. And this is yet another hurdle cleared in our nation's journey.

June 26

The normalization of homosexuality challenges morality as it has been understood throughout the entirety of civilization. Some things are right and others are wrong . Believing that homosexuality is wrong is common to every society and civilization throughout history with few and limited exception

June 26

I didn't care about it at first. Then I got to know people who it directly impacted and I realized how important it is to them and why it was a right that was denied. I am happy that the Supreme Court ruled the way they did.

June 26

This decision, while celebrated by some, is also to many like myself indicative of a general moral regression in our society. I do believe we should love and respect those with differing beliefs on this matter, but today's celebrations indicate deep intolerance towards religious freedom and belief.

June 26

I am a Christian and this is not right in God's sight. By definition it is the union of a man and a women. People tamper with that at their own peril. This isn't an issue of equality. The same rights could be given to homosexual couples calling it a domestic partnership.

June 26

I think marriage should be between two people who love each other and want a life together and it doesn't make any difference if they are hetrosexual or homosexual. Two people should have the right to decide what is best for them.

June 26

I served my country, I pay my taxes, I am a good citizen. Finally I can marry the person I love.

June 26

My wife and I have no issues with what the court ruled on today; we have long believed that marriage is a commitment of life and love between two adults regardless of their genders. Men wrote and interpreted the Bible as they saw fit and in the process gay/lesbian,etc. relationships were condemned.

June 26

It's the right thing to do. If you don't like same sex marriage, don't marry someone of your sex.

June 26

Having come out in 1961, I am stunned by the pace of change in our country. Future generations of LGBT youth will not be plagued by self-doubt, but instead will be empowered to contribute great things to the benefit of the entire nation!

June 26

Little by little, justice is being done and prejudice is losing ground. America illuminates the World.

June 26

I will never understand how some people believe their freedom of religion will only exist if they limit mine! Gay marriage, birth control, abortion - nobody is being forced to any of these

June 26

As a Christian I believe God's love is unconditional and applies to all people, no matter their race, religion or sexual preference. As an American, our constitution protects the rights of citizens, no matter their race, religion or sexual preference.

June 26

I honestly believe homosexuals should be allowed to marry. Stable relationships are good for society. I am a moderate Republican and a Christian and see no problems with gay marriage.

June 26

I think the surprising thing was my reaction. I felt like laughing and crying at the same time. I never thought I would react like that. I never thought the relationship my partner and I have would be recognized by the Federal Government. A whole new world has opened up for us. It's very exciting!

June 26

To not recognize some relationships as part of the vitality of our society solely because they are against some people's religious beliefs is wrong both in a moral sense (non-recognition of human value) and the legal sense (religious beliefs *do not* trump freedoms/legal/civil rights).

June 26

I am thrilled that my LGBTQ friends, neighbors, and loved ones can be equal under the law and in many states be married.

June 26

I know how it feels when you are treated as a second class citizen due to certain rights denied and the impact it has on the quality of life and how you begin to feel about yourself as a person. I stand in solidarity with LGBT individuals for their hard won victory.

June 26

To those of you with strident religious beliefs, God is love. And love is kind. But this decision has nothing to do with religion nor should it. You can believe what you want about God and morality, but gay human beings under our constitution are allowed equal rights under the law. PERIOD.

June 26

As an American living in Canada and married to a Canadian, I now feel like I am a U.S. citizen in every sense of the word. Since she is longer a "legal stranger" in the eyes of U.S. law, I can now sponsor my spouse should we decide to live in my native land. Having that right means everything!

June 26

It is my moral belief that all people should be treated equally. Now equality in marriage must be granted to all people.

June 26

It supports equal protection under the law. Marriage is a legal entity that affords the opportunity between two people to share benefits, and to make legal and medical decisions collaboratively with support by laws. To deny people this right because they are of the same sex is unconstitutional.

June 26

It's already legal to live with whoever you want and to leave your money to whoever you want, what could it possible matter to anyone what name you give it?

June 26

I will now be able to sponsor my foreign spouse for a green card.

June 26

Though i know we have a long ways to go as far as marriage equality and LGBTQI acceptance into the community, i see this as a large step forward that at least works towards taking care of the legal aspects of the acceptance of LGBTQI

June 26

I was married to the same man for 50 years. There's something about marriage that keeps you going when things are hard, and meets your needs more completely than even the closed family member or friend. BTW, we were heterosexual but I thinks less important than any of the other things I've posted.

June 26

The issue to me is simple: Marriage should be available to every person. If you love someone, you should be able to marry them. No one should tell you otherwise. We're all equal. If you can't understand that, I can't help you.

June 26

With this weekend's Pride Parade in Chicago, there will be much celebrating. I grew up in the arts and a lot of people were affected by this unnecessary discriminitation. It's about time all that changed. Thank you Supreme Court.

June 26

This engages my moral belief in a world free from color, race, creed or orientation. I have never thought of a person as black, white, gay, or straight and I'm encouraged by today's events that we are progressing towards a society that won't recognize them either.

June 26

After 31 years of being in a loving, committed, monogamous relationship, my partner & I now have the same legal rights, protections and benefits that heterosexual couples were immediately granted upon their exchange of marriage vows.

June 26

Love goes hand in hand with caring and taking care of the person you love. Gays can marry only in a few states, so they should have the same rights as a man and woman who marry.

June 26

I only get 300 characters? I can't even.... I mean, it is the most straightforward social issue in politics today. The fact that anyone still thinks people should not be allowed to marry someone of the same gender is appalling. I wish the SCOTUS had just sucked it up and ruled on Prop 8, too.

June 26

It ushers in an era denouncing religious freedom, forcing those with countering religious beliefs to conform, or lose their jobs, livelihood, or lives.

June 26

The broad scope of SCOTUS' ruling on DOMA was a surprise. Now I really look forward to celebrating marriage equality across the land in near future.

June 26

If you take the time to read the bible, you will read marriage exist only between a man and a woman. Anything outside of this is SIN. God loves us all. He did not make marriage for homosexuals...

June 26

The Supreme Court of the United States seems to be systematically destroying the fabric on which this Country was created!

June 26

I am a 14 generation resident of Maryland now teaching in California. I am 62. It is too late for me, but I am living long enough to see equal protection under the law. Many if not most of my friends did not live to see this day.

June 26

Bottom line: Two consenting adults who love each other. Denying them right to marry and share benefits just because they are the same sex is appalling. Discrimination is SHAMEFUL.

June 26

The Constitution is a living document and today the Court gave new life and meaning to the first three words: "We the People".

June 26

I know of same-sex couples who have had longer and stronger relationships than many hetero sexual couples I know, including members of my family. This is a civil rights issue and a good sign of society's progress.

June 26

Today's SOCTUS decisions reflect the progress society has made toward LGBTI equality and is a harbinger for the ultimate demise of legalized discrimination against the LGBTI community -- next step: ENDA.

June 26

Because I'm gay. That's all there is to it. Straight marriages weren't impacted today.

June 26

I live in Mexico with my partner because I couldn't get him a green card. Now I can and we can live our lives together in the country we both love.

June 26

My heart bleeds for this nation and its speeding spiral into lasciviouness. We are all sinners, we all do wrong, but when a nation's government supports sin at it's essence, the nation will collapse. God have mercy!

June 26

God made us to produce. He made Adam and Eve. He said be fruitful and multiply. 2 men or 2 women can not multiply. This is one of the devils tricks to stop God's creation, but when it is all said and done God will prevail!

June 26

I am myself "alternative", many of my friends are "alternative" or gay, many of their friends are "alternative" or gay, and even if all that weren't true, I believe this Nation and its government truly are and should be a Nation of, by, and for ALL people. We are ALL citizens of this Nation.

June 26

I might soon see the day when my life as an American citizen has the same meaning as every other American. It moves me so much to see the people of my country sharing so much enthusiasm for such important strides.

June 26

Could we move on to health and education for Americans? Could we move on to the corruption in Congress that allowed banks to steal homes....and now they are doing it again!!!!!

June 26

It continues the government's war on being single. We're ALL born single. Most people are now waiting until close they are close to 30yo before marrying effectively paying extra taxes to promote a specific lifestyle other than their own. 1,138 marriage benefits are COMPLETELY UNCONSTITUTIONAL.

June 26

America living up to its promise - equity for all citizens. Equal participation in one of the most basic institutions only serves to reinforce it.

June 26

Equal protection under the law is exactly that: equal. My friends and family members can now enjoy the same legal protections I do with their partners. It's always been my belief that marriage is about loving someone - OF YOUR CHOICE!

June 26

It impacts me directly as a bisexual male because it gives me hope that when I grow up the world will be more open and lgbt friendly and I can marry whomever I want.

June 26

It is not appropriate for any group's religious beliefs to be applied in part or whole as the rationale behind legislation for the country, regardless of the issue.

June 26

It matters because as a federal employee, I can now protect my partner of 11 years with the same federal benefits afforded to other married couples. Those that fought against this historic change will look back one day and feel ashamed.

June 26

It's a reason to celebrate today and that's why I like you asking this question. On the other hand, I wish you would have also asked yesterday How the VRA matters to me.

June 26

I come from a background where i was never comfortable to come out as who i was, and today's verdict has allowed me to be with some i truly love and can be with in this country without fearing ill be separated from her.

June 26

On the political aspect everyone deserves and should get the same equal human rights. On the religious side we're all supposed to & should respect each other and care for one another with no bias.

June 26

There is one single and undeniable truth of my life with wife. I found someone who has known my depth and my resilience. My trust in her is unwavering; she has given me courage and strength when the world around us is not so forgiving. For this, I love her, for this, I married her.

June 26

I worked in the arts for 40 years, and know a lot of gay people. I feel very happy for them today. But I feel even better for the rule of law in this country. Every citizen who lives lawfully should be entitled to the same rights as everyone else. This is a big step in that direction.

June 26

I feel that this is a step in our evolutionary, moral development. To understand that love is the key principle of human relationships, and to support that principle through the recognition of civil rights is advancement of the human condition. It affects us all, whether we acknowledge this or not.

June 26

This is one more chip in the cornerstone of a moral society. With this ruling and its wording, the SCOTUS just said "if you believe in God, get over it".

June 26

I work with a woman who is married to another woman. They have adopted two children. Their family seems happy and healthy. I want them to have all the benefits I have as a woman married to a man. Equality before the law. For me, it's that simple.

June 26

This ruling has no impact on 98% of Americans.

June 26

In addition to the legal rights this affords my wife and me, I already feel differently...I didn't expect this, but recognition by the federal government really does mean something beyond the practical implications. What a wonderful day, but still much work to be done.

June 26

I'm very concerned about the direction our nation is moving. I see issues like this as a key indicator of abandonment of the foundation that our country was founded on.

June 26

My cousin has been wed to her sweetheart for two years now, only California does not recognize their marriage. She cannot get federal benefits guaranteed to straight married couples. She cannot make end of life decisions. Her love is, in effect, invalid per California. Now it is realized.

June 26

Traditional marriage is the cornerstone to our society. Nobody should be treated unfairly; other unions should exists to provide opportunities for all. We can't simply redefine something so central to our society.

June 26

The issue to me is simple: Marriage should be available to every person. If you love someone, you should be able to marry them. No one should tell you otherwise. If not, you're passing judgement. We're all equal. If you can't understand that, I can't help you.

June 26

Western civilization has been based on the family for over two millennia. The destruction of marriage will only lead to the decline and fall of our civilized society.

June 26

My partner and I are celebrating 20 years together next month. We have the legal protections of two strangers living in the same house. This helps alleviate the fears we have regarding our mutual assets and relationship.

June 26

As far as I am concerned, this issue was settled in Loving v Virginia. In that decision it was emphasized that states have to demonstrate a valid state interest in preventing two consenting , legally unencumbered, not closely related, adults from marrying

June 26

I am a gay man. I am also an immigrant from Mexico. I consider this country my home. Today's decision is a significant step towards a more equal and just nation. There is still more work to do, however today's decision show that there is purpose behind the work and dedication to equality.

June 26

I firmly believe that people should be free to love whomever they want, and that if they decide to make a lifelong commitment to that other person that they must be afforded the appropriate legal protections and benefits.

June 26

It's refreshing that the SCOTUS has recognized that the federal government has no business passing judgement on its citizens regarding marriage and imposing unfair restrictions.

June 26

As a progressive Christian, I believe that love and kindness are two of the greatest moral obligations we have. Jesus never mentions who should get married. Being in a loving relationship should be the only requirement for Marriage.

June 26

I'm a federal employee. I'm also gay and married with one child. I've worked my entire federal career along side my straight married co-workers, only earning a fraction of the benefits their families are given.That painful discrimination ends today. Finally, I can provide for family and my country.

June 26

My sisters-in-law are married under California law. They have two, high-school aged kids. They are also fully and partially disabled. DOMA decreed a mean existence for the kids, based on what strangers think of their parents. Policies based on hatred and fear are for Republicans, not America.

June 26

My ex-boyfriend found out that he's gay. And I just want him to be able to find the happiness that he deserves.

June 26

After today, the discrimination I receive based on the fact that I am head over heels in love with my girlfriend, is no longer institutionalized. Denying my rights on a state or local lever is now, more than ever, an expression of extreme hate and bigotry by individuals. They are the fringe now.

June 26

This decision upheld the personal equal rights granted to all by our US Constitution. That several of my friends can now be sure that their marriages are valid in the eyes of the federal government is icing on the cake.

June 26

As a member of the Army, my partner that I married in DC will now be federally recognized and possibly have access to benefits she wasn't afforded before.

June 26

I am very proud to live in a country where people can get married regardless of their sexual orientation. My gay and lesbian friends are one step closer to enjoying the same freedoms I have. What's more, equality is at the core of my moral and religious beliefs.

June 26

I think I would have had an immensely easier "coming out" experience in my formative years had homosexuality been less frowned upon by my country, and who knows where else my energy, time and talent could have been directed, or where I would be in my personal life today.

June 26

All people are created equal, and deserve to live equally, in this country, and world. Just as skin color does not dictate an American's rights, neither does sexual orientation. And love - love is for everyone, everywhere. How could we ever try to write laws about love?

June 26

How could we be so superior and hurt so many and treat people in this United States as if they matter not, yet take taxes from them, expect productive work, and leadership? Such hypocrisy needs to be named for what it is unconstitutional.

June 26

It means that our rule of law is working to protect the dignity and rights that all people are afforded as Americans.

June 26

I believe we have a moral obligation to treat all people with the same dignity and respect, and that the law should ensure that all people receive equal protection. I am happy that the law will no longer be a barrier to equal treatment for the friends and family affected by this ruling.

June 26

I believe my religion teaches me that we are all equal and therefore all in...no one on the outside. I am not gay and do not know anyone close to me who is. (that I know of)

June 26

my parent lived his life in secret as one could not be openly gay and raise a child. he never married his partner, and both have passed on now.. very happy for all who finally will have equal rights.

June 26

Another step toward equality for all It's a GREAT day for America! Thank you Justice Kennedy.

June 26

I want to be able to get married some day, and while I live in a state (Massachusetts!) that currently allows same-sex marriage, it's nice to see our country move towards accepting my future marriage everywhere.

June 26

For years, I have had friends that are gay. One of my best friends even came out to me. Yet I realized even more how important it is for these laws to change when I met my current girlfriend. Mere decades ago, we wouldn't be able to get married. How can that still be the law for gay couples?

June 26

My daughter is a lesbian. It brings me great joy that were she to marry the person she loves the federal government would no longer consider her a second-class citizen.

June 26

i am so thankful that the courts have come out with a ruling that celebrates equality. i am beyond words to describe how i feel. elated.

June 26

The world needs more love and understanding, not less. We're moving into a time when more people accept all kinds of people for who they are. This country was founded on the principle of freedom. Denying anyone any kind of freedom seems unAmerican to me.

June 26

So many rights and privileges are tied to marriage in this country. It is unconscionable that so many of our citizens are unable to take advantage of the legal, cultural and personal benefits of marriage.

June 26

I can now put my wife and step-son on my health insurance and my family is protected if something happens to me (federal death benefits).

June 26

My gay and lesbian friends should be able to marry their partners, and I have yet to hear an argument against gay marriage that doesn't pivot on religious beliefs, which should be a personal matter.

June 26

Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. You cannot ban a whole class of people from marrying if we believe those are fundamental rights.

June 26

I agree that there should be equal protection under the law. Two issues come to my mind. Will we protect the rights of a minister to say I do not feel right doing a gay marriage? Is there at least some concern over the Supreme court saying that what the people voted on doesn't matter.

June 26

Public law 104-199 (DOMA) was supported largely by a republican congress & signed by a president avoiding negative publicity during an election year,. It defined marriage through the biased opinion of one narrow mindset, negatively effecting many, while harming others by possibly preserving polygamy

June 26

At its core, this decision doesn't have anything to do with law or vote or opinion, but everything to do with accepting peoples' basic, fundamental rights. What a leap of progress! But 70% of same-sex couples are still denied their rights, and we should continue fighting for them. Now.

June 26

Many people close to me have experienced enduring pain because their love is not recognized or considered valid by the country we live in. These rulings are a first step toward making amends and healing.

June 26

My spouse and I got married in IA. Our marriage has zero legal standing in our home state, WI. With DOMA struck down, the foundation of the denial of legal rights to same-sex couples has crumbled. I look forward to the fall of the rest of the house of bigotry. I want us to be married everywhere.

June 26

As an 18 year old girl with a girlfriend who's parents are consumed by bigotry, I hope this makes people realize love is, in fact, love. We are on the road to healing all the hurt within the community.

June 26

The premise of equal rights for all is fundamental to our nation's spirit of independence.

June 26

This is simply a matter of doing what's right to make all of us equal under the law, as our Constitution states and requires.

June 26

If we're not all equal, then we're not equal at all...

June 26

As a pastor, I have been admitted to hospital rooms, while the person,s partner of 20+ years was denied. This is not right.

June 26

I am not gay and none of my friends are gay. However, as a black woman whose ancestors suffered from bigotry and injustice, I believe all people in this country should be treated equal under the law. So I stand as an ally with the LGBTQ community in support of their civil rights.

June 26

Our country was founded on a basis of equal protection. Today just extended that protection in an important way. As a Christian, I am also reminded that loving your neighbor begins with respect. God bless, my LGTB friends!

June 26

I am straight, but this means that if I ever have children, I will be able to raise them in a world that is one step closer to eradicating discrimination in any form.

June 26

We have two gay couples as friends, young lesbians with a little girl and middleaged males with adolescent boys . They are better matched, than many heterosexuals. If people want to live under the laws of civilization as well as nature they should be free to do so. Albert & Sydelle Wachtel

June 26

I am a human being, as are ALL members of the LGBTQ community. No one has a right to limit our civil rights based their religious beliefs. Our country was built on separation of church and state. I cheer LGBTQ people who are or will be married. I cry for those whose partners did not see this day.

June 26

State and Congress out of private, consensual relationships now. Ban all state-sponsored marriage. Keep marriage in churches and communities. Keep civil rights in the civil sphere.

June 26

From the Paleolithic era to the 20th Century marriage meant only one thing; now in a span of less than twenty years it means another.

June 26

Finally, this has come to pass. EVERYONE should have equal rights no matter their beliefs! This is America, after all. YES YES YES!

June 26

I copied this from another commenter: I am heterosexual but have many gay friends, including couples who were recently married. I believe they should be afforded all the same benefits as heterosexual married couples.

June 26

I like the way the ruling moves us toward a simpler set of rules to help with the complexity of life. For those that oppose, they should be allowed. My hunch is that they'll grow tired. For those impacted more directly, it is the second word in "equal protection" that is most important.

June 26

Just the feeling that my government now believes that I am truly an equal citizen is amazing to me. For so long, I thought, "Not in my lifetime."

June 26

My wife and I are seen as married under the law in the place we live, in the eyes of our religions, and now in the eyes of the federal government. I can't wait to file our taxes next year :)

June 26

I believe that biblical marriage is already defined between a man and a woman, and that homosexuality is declared as sin. However, divorce and remarriage is also a sin. We cannot expect our country which is separate from a specific religion to uphold biblical law.

June 26

Love is love no matter what. Male female, male male, female female, we all are one. Am so tried of people and there hate.

June 26

LGBT rights are Human Rights!

June 26

I am a straight, Christian, person with gay friends and family. It currently doesn't directly affect any of us, except for it's moral impact. This was the right thing to do. We should be kind to each other. Commie, hippie freak Jesus would have loved it. Peace!

June 26

This isn't a gay-rights issue; it's a human rights issue. I'm hetero, but as long as my sisters and brothers aren't free, neither am I. I'll never marry, but knowing that *all* my friends can both enriches my life, and corrects a horrible, pernicious injustice. It's a joyous day, too long coming.

June 26

I feel a terrible wrong has been lifted from my gay friends.

June 26

I feel so fortunate to be a gay American living at this point in our history.

June 26

My friends and family deserve equal protection under the law. Thinking something icky is not a good reason for the law to treat citizens differently.

June 26

Having marriage equality renews my hope in our government, in our leaders, and in our society. It strengthens my faith in a better world for my children.

June 26

So happy for my #LGBT friends.

June 26

I am a married heterosexual man who sincerely believes love is the greatest moral of all. I'm so happy for my friends who this will affect directly. Any consenting adult in a committed relationship should have the right to fulfill their love by being recognized as such.

June 26

This ruling reenforces the promise of this country and the dream of the civil rights movement. All people are created equally and should have equal protection under the law! Love is love!!

June 26

April 19, 2013 was my school's day of silence where a group of students swore an oath of silence for LGBT youth across America who fell as victims to discrimination and bullying because of their orientation. Because of the awful response to it by ignorant fellow students, it became an eye opener.

June 26

I can't stand knowing I can get something that my lovely friends cannot. Because of who they love? Why? DOMA was just plain wrong. Blatantly and viciously discriminatory. These couples should get retroactive benefits!! Prop 8 never should have gotten on the ballot, let alone passed. Shameful.

June 26

I am not gay, but it impacts me directly because we are all part of this society, in which civil rights must be equal. It impacts many people I know who have spent their lives being discriminated against. My moral beliefs include equality under the law, which answers that last point, too.

June 26

No human being should be denied the basic human rights that the rest of us have.

June 26

Californians have put "same sex marriage" to the ballot box twice both times the most liberal state voted it down.

June 26

They anger me because they are so incremental.

June 26

This is a long needed common sense decision. I have a close relative that is Gay that I love....

June 26

I am heterosexual but have many gay friends, including a couple who were recently married. I believe they should be afforded all the same benefits as heterosexual married couples.

June 26

It is unimaginable in a Democratic society that any group could be so marginalized for so long. The issue of Marriage is a legal one. The religious implications are secondary: if you’re religious beliefs forbid such a union fine.

June 26

It proves the long standing belief I have held that we live in a country that values freedom, and separates the ideals of individuals religions to prevent them from being oppressed as well as oppressing others who do not follow that religion.

June 26

Marriage is a basic human right that EVERYONE should be able to enjoy if they choose, no matter to whom. This was a huge step forward for equality in this country, and I'm proud.

June 26

I will be marrying my partner this October. Beyond the obvious federal benefits, I appreciate finally living in a country that recognizes the legitimacy of my marriage. Moreover, I am encouraged to know my niece and other kids will be growing up in a world with that much less institutional bigotry.

June 26

I will finally be able to marry my partner and be treated equally under the law. Everyone should be able to do the same!

June 26

I personally like the outcome but my feelings should not count: The State should not be in the business of marriage. Since it has chosen to go there it needs to be consistent. Legal logic determines that State sanctioned marriage cannot discriminate based on sex or number of willing participants.

June 26

I'm very happy the Supreme Court overturned 1 aspect of DOMA and didn't validate Prop8, but disappointed that they delivered the the weakest possible good outcome

June 26

I do not want to live in a country with a superior class that dictates who to love and imposes their own "moral values" on everyone.

June 26

I am not LGBT but I have friends who are. I'm also a Christian. My personal feelings on gay marriage are that as a religious institution it's between man/woman. However, from a Constitutional standpoint, every person deserves equal protection. I support SCOTUS decision!!!!

June 26

Hallelujah! The Supreme Court isn't 100% reactionary, revisionist, right-wing dogma ... although it is - sorry all you Republican jerks - VERY ACTIVIST! Thank God human and civil rights still matter in this country. One down, 37 backward and immoral states to go. PS. I'm a heterosexual male.

June 26

I am an adult child of a father who came out gay later in his life; and I also work with and for gay people regularly. It simply doesn't matter what sexual orientation someone has. They are just people, whose lives deserve the same legal protections as any other human being.

June 26

I am bi. Whether I chose to marry a man or a woman I want my equal benefits under the federal law.

June 26

The officials of the state were pressed by politics not to intervene in behalf of a properly passed amendment to the state constitution, and the federal court leaves the people of California no recourse in this case over the governance of their state. Are the people truly sovereign?

June 26

Only my thoughts on this new law. will give our youth ANOTHER ok to be immoral. will be costly to social security. Will cause more confusion and new welfare costs and laws. Will impact everyone eventually for the worst.

June 26

My own beliefs state that all are equal no matter what and being a bisexual woman I will not believe that one love is greater or lesser than the other simply based on gender of my loved one. If I felt strongly enough to marry my love partner gender should never be the thing blocking our desires.

June 26

As a human being and US citizen, I am overjoyed that all families will receive the same federal protections. Now all states need to follow suit!

June 26

Our country promises equality and freedom for all. By not giving GLBT people the right to marry and all the legal benefits that come with that, we are segregating a class of people and telling them they are not free to do the same things that other people are able to do.

June 26

All my gay friends and neighbors in Durham, NC just want to lead honest, productive lives, free of Big Government. At least the Federal government recognizes that better than the cynical bigots in my state's capital.

June 26

This means that my husband and I now have financial security as we grow old together.

June 26

Everyone should have the same rights under the law.

June 26

It makes me feel like I can be apart of the masses . Less of a second class citizen.

June 26

Marriage is an inherently religious topic. The government should only be involved in overseeing "civil unions" as pertaining to records, taxes, and benefits whether heterosexual or homosexual couples are involved.

June 26

I have never believed that being gay, lesbian, bisexual, etc. was a choice. None of us "choose" to be heterosexual or not. So, if we are going to provide tax breaks and benefits for married straight couples, we must provide the same benefits to married same-sex couples. It's called equal protection.

June 26

I want my future children to grow up with opportunity and hope rather than limitations and fear.

June 26

I believe that marriage is a God-ordained union between one man and one woman.

June 26

I'm a married straight woman, and I'm thankful the idea of marriage has changed to be about two equals, rather than people with different, unequal roles prescribed by society. Marriage equality is good for everyone.

June 26

I believe this is a civil rights issue. All human beings are equal no matter whom they love. No one has the right to force their religious/moral beliefs on others especially on such a private matter. Freedom of religion. Cheers for the Supreme Court defeating DOMA!! They finally did something right.

June 26

Thankfully, moral and religious beliefs have limited effect on the protection of basic human rights - otherwise, women might all still be subservient to their (male) spouses, or covering our faces, or not owning property. We might even still allow slavery.

June 26

Equality means equality - for all, of the people, by the people for the people. Two people choosing to live a life together should not be penalized, nor flaunted - we should just call each other Neighbors...

June 26

To paraphrase Martin Niemoller, we will either stand together or fall together. If we allow the perceived majority to pick on minorities, eventually we will be in the minority and there will be no one left to defend us. There should be no place for legally-permitted bullying.

June 26

As states legalized same-sex marriage, one by one, my husband and I checked with each other "Do you feel our marriage is threatened?" "Nope, still good. How 'bout you?" "Still good!"

June 26

it is a triumphant step in the right direction to allow equal rights to all US citizens. There are still 37 states that need to allow same sex marriages, but today is a good day for me and my family.

June 26

Everyone deserves the same financial and property rights under the law.

June 26

I'm relieved that some sort of legal step in the right direction has been set, even if it wasn't sweeping approval.

June 26

It shows how polarized the court is. They scream of states rights to overturn Roe V. Wade, and yet refuse to recognize that states have the right to make their own marriage laws. History will look back on the Robert's courts decisions on this,and the voting act, like Plessy V. Ferguson.

June 26

The issue isn't same sex unions - its the flippant and pretentious use of a Biblical term that strictly defines the formal union of a man and woman. No matter how the SCOTUS try, they can't change the Bible.

June 26

My best friend is gay and I think he deserves to marry someone that he loves. I also am a firm believer in gay rights and always have been. I think it's morally wrong to not allow someone to marry someone they love. In fact, I find it disgusting to not allow someone to marry whoever they choose.

June 26

People have a right to make their own decisions about how they live, love, and make committments

June 26

Here in Washington, I married my partner of 19 years just two months ago. It is thrilling to think about filing my federal income taxes as 'married, filing jointly'. Fair. Just. And about time.

June 26

With so much hate and so many distressing trends in our country, this renews my faith in the US. Equal rights for all!

June 26

I'm thrilled to see that my LGBT friends will be able to enjoy the same benefits that I will receive. Equality is a wonderful virtue to promote.

June 26

It will affect my ability to marry, the ability of my friends to marry. I also think that discrimination should not be enshrined in any US law and the rights of some may not be denied others!

June 26

I don't understand why civil unions would not accomplish the same legal realty. Same sex unions don't work for the purpose of procreation so hopefully they won't reproduce!

June 26

I do not believe in any way that the sanctity of marriage should be ruined for those who do not even care that what they are doing is wrong.

June 26

It shows how polarized the court is. They scream of states rights to overturn Roe V. Wade, and yet refuse to recognize that states have the right to make their own marriage laws. History will look back on the Robert's courts decisions on this,and the voting act, like Plessy V. Ferguson.

June 26

First of all - it is pure discrimination - period. 2nd "freedom of religion" DOES NOT mean when you practice your religious beliefs it gives you the right to IMPOSE them on someone else ... "religious freedom" also means the right to be free of the tenets of someone else's religion !

June 26

DOMA has prevented my same-sex spouse from receiving benefits granted to other Federal employees.

June 26

I believe that in making these decisions about what marriage is we are shaping our future and how our children will approach and be approached by their peers. I do not want my children to believe that others are less than because they are different in an way - not because of how they look or love.

June 26

On a smaller scale, my health insurance for my spouse won't be taxed any more. On a larger scale, me and countless others feel less oppressed today!

June 26

As a woman, I am impacted any time civil rights are recognized and impacted - be it gay rights, abortion rights, workers rights to collective bargaining, voting rights, etc.

June 26

I support both decisions for the simple reason that they are consistent with the constitution.

June 26

My brother is gay and I want him to be able to celebrate like I did.

June 26

True love prevails.

June 26

It allows myself and other gays to enjoy the same CIVIL benefits that my straight friends and family currently enjoy as a right. Even if I were not gay, I firmly believe in the separation of church and state. If particular religions are opposed, they can opt out from performing wedding ceremonies.

June 26

I am a gay man in a bi-national relationship who had to leave the USA because my partner was not permitted to stay in the US.

June 26

I am so happy for my friends, who deserve the same rights as all other Americans.

June 26

It gives me hope. It helps me trust in the political process. It makes me wonder whether I will have to move from my beloved home state of Virginia in order to be treated equally under the law.

June 26

My partner and I have been in a marriage-like relationship for 17 years now being treated by religion, law, and culture as if we are wrongdoers. Today's Court decision is a genuine turning point in US history. Marriage properly is a contract in law that must be separated from religious beliefs.

June 26

It gives me hope for a more tolerant future in America at a time when all hope seemed to be lost. There is still a huge amount of prejudice but every time a restrictive law is overturned, it is a death knell for the forces of oppression.

June 26

This has nothing to do with trying to change the way a particular religion sees marriage, its about giving legal protection and equality to all citizens and making sure we do not separate a whole group of people, stigmatize them, or deny rights them their right to happiness and equality.

June 26

Changing the definition of marriage should have been done in the legislature rather than courts.

June 26

We are a society based on equal rights and personal liberty. Our nation is founded on the fundamental principle that ALL people are created equally and endowed with civil rights. There is NO question that we should be allowed to marry whomever we choose, so long as we are consenting adults.

June 26

I like believing that I live in a free country where all people are equal.

June 26

The government has a responsibility to enforce the social security act which when enacted marriage was between men and women. Now, when one or the other married gay dies, both fed and state govs will have to pay benefits to partners they were never intended for. Ss will be broke sooner thanks.

June 26

Now, at least, I know that at least one branch of our government cares about affirming that all human beings have equal rights under the law

June 26

I have many gay friends. I believe they should be equal citizens with equal rights. This seems like a no-brainer decision to me, and considering all of the nonsense going on in Congress, it reassures me that the government is not *completely* irrational/insane.

June 26

We are not defined by whom we love, but how we love and treat one another. My interracial relationship would have been considered wrong a few decades ago. Finding a partner to share your life with is hard enough. Once it is found, regardless of orientation, it should be embraced not vilified.

June 26

A religious definition of marriage is not the same as guaranteed equal rights under civil law. Religion and state should remain separate.

June 26

These decisions will help provide equal protection under the law for a group that has traditionally been discriminated against. I applaud that.

June 26

Because everyone deserves freedom and equality.

June 26

It allows the law to uphold justice and equality for all, including my friends who have been unjustly discriminated against. That follows my beliefs - starting with "Do unto others as you would have done unto yourself."

June 26

Growing up in a gay household always made me wonder: if I can get married, then why can't my moms? Now I don't have to wonder anymore.

June 26

I am a Mexican-American citizen with an undocumented partner. We are a binational couple, and further rulings and revisions of DOMA would allow for us to be treated equally under law.

June 26

I'm gay, from California, living in DC, and I believe in equal protection of all US citizens and the rule of law.

June 26

Marriage is between one man and one woman. End of subject. The gays can have "civil unions" and the legalities involved therein - but IT IS NOT MARRIAGE.

June 26

The institution of "marriage " should be abolished. It is too easy to marry and too difficult to divorce. Today, domestic partnership could be treated as some kind of business entity and does not have to interfere with traditions carrying thousands of years worth of prejudice.

June 26

The fight for equality under the law of this great nation took a huge step forward today. And I am so grateful that in these jaded times, good things are still happening.

June 26

it comes down to affordable health care (not having to pay more taxes than a straight married couple because the income from insurance is taxable now), less concerns with wills / trusts, more of a sense of security about health care decisions while alive.

June 26

this ruling affects everyone, whether or not you identify as LGBTQ or not. it says, no, we cannot discriminate against your love, no matter what.

June 26

These decisions resonate with me because most generations get one chance to decide on an issue that has such far reaching implications for equality and civil liberties. For my generation to get it right signals progress and forward thinking. These cases will be brought up in civic classes forever.

June 26

My friends and family can now be free to love the ones they love.

June 26

Liberty & Justice for all... not just those who adhere to your own personal beliefs.

June 26

Love should not be legislated.

June 26

DOMA clearly violated the guarantees afforded under the Fourteenth Amendment and had to be declared unconstitutional.

June 26

I am uplifted today, feeling that perhaps there is hope for fairness and kindness in our nation. After so many steps backwards, a wonderful step forward!

June 26

As a lawyer, the decision restores some of my belief in the integrity of the Supreme Court jurists who honor equal rights. Waiting to read the whole opinion to see how much of my belief in each justice will be restored.

June 26

I have had gay and lesbian friends for many years. Why in the world would I want them to have fewer rights than everybody else? This is a step in the right direction.

June 26

I only wish this had happened years earlier, then my best friend might still be alive. She was unable to seek preventive medical care because she was denied the excellent health benefits of her partner of 30 years and could not afford to see a doctor.

June 26

USA is based upon a belief of freedom. In early years that was limited to the landowning white men. It soon became a rallying cry for citizens and people of every nation around the world. If we don't uphold ALL equality, then we are hypocrites for freedom. Only on an equal plane are we all free.

June 26

It reaffirms my faith in the 1st Amendment. Arguments that rely on religious texts hold no bearing with US law, exactly the way it should be.

June 26

It allows my friends to enjoy the same rights I do.

June 26

I am thrilled for my friends who love people that our government has previously said they should not if they want to be considered equal. God made us all. God doesn't make mistakes!

June 26

Rights in this country become applicable nationwide. If a state issues rights in good faith, every other state should have to recognize those rights. Division of states will destroy this country. Gay marriage should be a non-issue. There is no arguable reason against it.

June 26

I have family members and friends who are gay. Because I'm not completely sure I am straight.

June 26

I'm gay and currently single. Although this doesn't change life for me materially at this time, it brings me--and all LGBT people--one step forward to unfettered citizenship as an American.

June 26

I truly believe everyone has the right to express who they are freely and without shame. Marriage as a celebration of love and commitment should not be taken away from anyone. Anyone who has been denied the opportunity to be with someone they love, should be able to understand that.

June 26

Separate church and state. Equal rights are just right. Pleased with the results today.

June 26

As a straight person, I did not choose the "direct impact" option, but when one person is treeated unfairly, aren't we all?

June 26

Married my husband in a SSM last October. Can't wait to spend my life with him.

June 26

The decisions are perfectly logical and a reflection of society's progression.

June 26

When my husband and I bought our home, we were single. Our realtor encouraged us to get married as Louisiana does not recognize common law marriage. This situation drove home the fact that marriage is a court process that should never be denied to two consenting adults.

June 26

Civil Rights affect us all! You cannot deny rights to some and still expect your rights to be protected.

June 26

In a world with so much hate, why should we care whether a marriage is comprised of a man and a woman, 2 men or 2 women? How is anyone hurt by any of these marriages receiving federal benefits?

June 26

A United States that recognizes gay marriage is a United States that's one step closer to fulfilling the promise of the Constitution.

June 26

My husband and I are a few steps closer to equal under the law

June 26

The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments, which establish the Equal Protection clause, guarantee that all citizens will be afforded the same rights. DOMA violated this guarantee.

June 26

Equality for my friends and family! Everyone gets the same rights. Makes life better for all and more

June 26

Their rights are my rights, your rights, everyone's rights.

June 26

As a 20-year-old gay man, I am part of the first generation of LGBT individuals who will get to live their adult lives with more freedom and equality. We still have a long way to go, but it's a nice place to start.

June 26

it is in line with my moral belief that all humans deserve the same rights under our laws.

June 26

I believe in equal rights for all. We are ONE human race.

June 26

I cannot marry the person I love. I live in Tennessee where my marriage is prohibited.

June 26

Equal Protection - animus towards gays has gone on for too long! There is no rational justification to deny anyone the right to marry!

June 26

The law should be a reflection of who we are as a society. It makes me happy to be a lawyer.

June 26

human rights are for everyone, or none at all. so happy for all my gay friends today! love is love is love.

June 26

Marriage is marriage is marriage. When two consenting adults agree to share their lives together, their sex or gender is irrelevant.

June 26

I'm an old single lesbian who doesn't want to marry. But I want to RIGHT to marry, just like any other citizen!

June 26

Gay marriage is the civil rights issue of our day. The Supreme Court's decision recognizes a fundamental liberty that had been encroached by federal law.

June 26

I finally get to see my aunt and her partner of 19 years get married and it count.

June 26

I have many many friends who are gay lesbian when someone dies why can't the other person inherit their estate. this is a very good decision and a courageous decision made by the Supreme Court

June 26

I want to know my friends can enjoy the same benefits my husband and I do, regarding pensions, health care and IRS, among others.

June 26

It's common sense and it makes me feel like my generation has something right, for once.

June 26

So much concern is lifted from the shoulders of me and my family. Plus, we will save a boatload in insurance each month! :)

June 26

My gay friends have the same rights as I do. Same love, same benefits.

June 26

We needs share benefits earned by ourselves and conjoint; it's simple justice or social equalizer between people.

June 26

I feel that America has lost its way, taking an immoral life style and standing behind it shame on our counts it makes me sick to my stomach.

June 26

Gay marriage contradicts the teachings of both Moses and Jesus in the Bible, which has always been the moral authority chosen by the American people. As the Jewish prophets warned, a nation that rejects God's Word is on a path to destruction.

June 26

It gives me hope for the future of America!

June 26

Equal protection under the law is the American way. Discrimination shouldn't be

June 26

I think it's very important that laws should be made for the people, for those who are impacted by them, as opposed to just adhere to some dated ideological framework.

June 26

A law that promotes human rights, impacts us all. With the Supreme Court's hearing, the US just took one step closer to becoming a society of equals, a society of opportunity, welfare, and peace.

June 26

Republicans attempt to rewrite the constitution to allow their inequalities for their agendas ruled by lies and deception to allow their greed and lust for power. So, it engages my believes and the beliefs of others about the law, the constitution, the freedom and the equality of all.

June 26

Being bisexual is now legal. I may finally choose to marry whomever my heart desires.

June 26

This is the first step in establishing equal TAX LAWS in America. Whether you are single, or married (same sex or not) our tax laws need to be overhauled to be equal for all.

June 26

It matters to me because i feels if woman and woman or man and man or woman and man get married all federal benefits. Should be equal we all human race just becausr we are gay does not mean we should get treated differently the government needs someone to make better decisions for gays

June 26

I think it is all a joke. Homosexuality is an abomination before god. It is the decline of western civilization.

June 26

Equal rights for everyone.

June 26

I want all my friends to share the same rights that my husband and I enjoy. I'm grateful for good news in a week that has yielded too many mornings of waking up to shaking my head. I want to spend fewer mornings ashamed of my country's decisions and more mornings proud of us, as I am today.

June 26

Now we just need to get on France's level and legalize gay marriage nationally.

June 26

My family has been made whole.

June 26

So many couples I know are anle to love and commit themselves to each other unconditionally. Isn't that something we should celebrate regardless of the couple's genders?

June 26

I'm a lesbian and I will soon marry :)

June 26

Finally feel like my generation has a voice on what marriage means in this country.

June 26

The fact that the Supreme Court was able to recognize that the laws in place were placing unnecessary boundaries and restraints on American people is crucial in today's opinions.

June 26

We're all people. Don't we all deserve the same freedoms, rights and responsibilites under the law? Also, my gay friends weddings are bound to be more fun than mine :)

June 26

Can't we see the good in all people? I'm not gay, but I am also not going to stand in the way of the happiness of our gay citizens. Get it together America... it ain't no big deal!

June 26

It OK I know two people that engages

June 26

So happy for LGBT community and advocates for all the progress that has been made on marriage equality. Still a ways to go to ensure equal rights in workplace and eliminate discrimination in all forms, but this is a huge step.

June 26

Marriage needs to be strengthened and emphasized over separation. Let's take steps toward that goal and our country will be better off.

June 26

I think it's awesome. It should have been done before though.

June 26

Everyone should be able to marry whomever they choose and as an African American woman I believe that America rose to new hights in the 1960s with the Civil Rights Movement and should do so again in the 21st century with the LGBT community. America is over due for another movement!

June 26

I believe in equality for men and women of any sexual orientation or preference. It's none of my business who you love or marry.

June 26

We are not human until we recognize the equality and humanity of others

June 26

I think that giving everyone equal rights to pursue life, liberty, and happiness is a major step in empowering those otherwise disenfranchised - allowing each to really have acess to the power of their voice in the world. It is a massive humanitarian success, and should set an example for the world.

June 26

While I am a practicing Catholic and politically conservative, I couldn't be more thrilled about today's decisions. Our country was founded on the basis of freedom for all people, and equal rights for everyone. It's about time we started acting like it.

June 26

These decisions strike down a law meant to marginalize a minority group based, driven largely by religious disapproval. Such laws have no place in our government. When you marginalize one group, you are agreeing that it's okay to marginalize *any* group. Then it becomes about you, me...everybody.

June 26

I'm bi and this gives me hope I can one day find and marry a husband.

June 26

I can now sponsor my foreign national husband for permanent residency in the USA like any other married American. Keeping him here legally [and, thus, keeping our family together] has been a decade long struggle fraught with fear and anxiety, costing us thousands of dollars.

June 26

Several of the people I love are homosexual, and it pains me that they are denied one of their most basic human rights. We still have so far to go after today, but this gives me hope for our government and the future of our country.

June 26

I want those I care for to have the same opportunity to formally display the commitment to love that I do. I'm Christian - but instead of using my faith as a means to back same-sex marriage - my religious/moral beliefs find not only understanding, but an appreciation for and beauty in differences.

June 26

To me, this is a continuation of the destruction of the family as known to society. With each step, whether that be immoral video games, pornography, divorce becoming normal, or homosexual marriage and now adoption, it is all going to destroy what has made us so strong; our families.

June 26

I am so grateful that my best friend can now have the same rights and protections that I do. Basic tenants of equality, not disenfranchisement of select groups, should drive our public policy decisions. Those standing on the wrong side of history need to take a look at the new America.

June 26

I've been raised to see both sides to issues before I chose a decision, no matter how they resonate with me personally. This a is basic, all people deserve to be treated equally and this is one more step toward equality for all citizens.

June 26

Finally, marriage equality for all Americans is at least a federal reality. Now on to the states!

June 26

Now my gay and lesbian friends can enjoy the same rights as my husband and I have all along...as long as they live in the right state.

June 26

Love is love.

June 26

Without equality for all, there is equality for none.

June 26

I have a brother who is gay and we have a very close relationship. I have had friends who are gay and have really loved and enjoyed them. But I believe in God and I believe that He has a plan for us to live in families eternally. I believe that God has defined marriage as between a man and a woman.

June 26

It will likely still be a while before I am granted full equality (living in Utah), but today gives me hope that our country can still do the right thing, learn, grow, improve.

June 26

I have rights with my wife I've never had before. This feels so good I can't even put it into words!

June 26

It tells me that my relationship to the person who is the most important to me in the world, is just as valid and important as any other relationship.

June 26

Equality matters! Civil rights continue to evolve and that's a good thing.

June 26

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

June 26

Love is love. People are people. That's what it comes down to for me.

June 26

basic human rights

June 26

I think everyone should get equal protection under the law.

June 26

It really solidifies the momentum of the nation towards equal rights.

June 26

My LGBT friends and family will be able to have the same legal protections I have.

June 26

We live in America, a nation with a rich history of freedom & equality. To not grant equal rights to ALL people would be an insult to the foundation of this country & to the precedents our leaders have established. We are, again, on the right side of history. It, again, took us too long to get here.

June 26

Love is love and it should not matter what color your skin is, what religion you are, what gender you are, or the gender of the person you love. My life is full of diversity and I am proud of America for finally standing up to give equal rights to me and my loved ones.

June 26

Four reasons: Lily and Henry, ages 3 and a half, Bryn age 9 months, and Laura my wife of 8.5 years.

June 26

I can give me all to the love of my life without restriction. It's a great feeling.

June 26

I am beyond thrilled that the Supreme Court recognized the request of equality from the American people that is growing in strength, and therefore should be recognized by their government. It is our responsibility to protect equality and recognize where instituted tradition has become irrelevant.

June 26

Our country was founded, partly, by those who believed it was wrong for others to impose their religion on them. Using morality as a reason to dictate who anyone can or should love is just plain wrong. I'm proud of the decisions made today.

June 26

The decisions don't affect me, but they have a resounding impact on many people I know and so many others in this country. There's still a lot of progress to be made, but these moves mark a huge step forward in making the U.S. a truly equal country.

June 26

For me it reinforces my belief in freedom of religion. I believe that as a Christian we had no right to force our beliefs on the entire nation. I have always believed one day Christianity would not be the majority religion in the US and I do not want another religion dictating their beliefs as law.

June 26

I want my brother to be able to start his own family.

June 26

It impacts me directly, because if one of my fellow citizens is denied rights, we all suffer as a nation. It engages my moral beliefs because I was taught that we must love, and therefore respect, one another. It engages my beliefs about law because we believe in "Equal Justice Under Law."

June 26

My partner and I will not get state and federal benefits!

June 26

Not only are my wife and I now eligible for federal benefits, but we're so excited to bring our first child into this world in December.

June 26

I am straight and married, but I have family and some very dear friends who are gay. They deserve every benefit that my husband and I have received.

June 26

This is the first step in preventing further systematic discrimination against the LGBT community. While this very easily could have been another 'Dred Scott decision,' the Supreme Court has decided to take a step in the direction of bringing equality to all as quickly as possible.

June 26

I am American and my girlfriend is Canadian. We have been trying to decide how we would move to Canada if the time came...now we don't have to (But i love Canada too).

June 26

I am a transman with legal status as a female - and when I marry my female partner I want federal recognition and benefits. We still need to legalize gay marriage in ALL states.

June 26

I believe in equality for all and I don't see any legal reason for depriving one group of citizens the rights afforded to the rest. I'm relieved to see SCOTUS seems to think the same way.

June 26

My Gay daughter, whose grandmother was a Jew who had been banned from marriage under Nazi law, had herself been banned, until today, from marriage under American law.

June 26

I can now marry the person I love, and share my life with her without restrictions. At the same time I will no longer worry about my immigration status and the nerve of what to do once my F1 expires. I will gladly seek US citizenship now, pay my taxes, buy a house and start a family.

June 26

It means I finally feel like an American that is equal to his neighbor.

June 26

The decision means people I care about will now enjoy the same federal protections as my husband and I do. As they should.

June 26

My aunt is gay. She and her partner have been together longer than my husband and I. They deserve equal rights under the law.

June 26

I want my gay friend to get federal benefits.

June 26

The court was absolutely right that our constitution does not permit discrimination.

June 26

This is history in the making. I know Prop 8 is just California but still, it feels important.

June 26

The court clearly made the right decision on the Defense of Marriage Act, but that shouldn't distract us from yesterday's blunder on the Voting Rights Act. Marriage and voting are both very important, but I'd pick protecting the second if I got to choose.

June 26

Growing up in San Francisco, there's no better place to understand the impact on a community at large, just not direct family or friends. Congrats to that community. I know they'll be celebrating at the pride parade shortly.

June 26
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