Obama Says He Won’t Force Churches to Hold Gay Weddings

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President Obama praised today’s Supreme Court’s decision to strike down certain provisions in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). The court also overturned Prop 8 allowing gays to marry in California.

In its decision, the court cleared the way for states that allow gay marriage to pay federal benefits to married gay couples. But 36 states still ban gay marriage and those states will not be affected by today’s supreme court ruling.

In a statement following the court’s ruling, Obama said he would not force religious institutions to hold gay weddings.

President Obama, in his statement hailing the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, promised that he wouldn’t try to force religious institutions to conduct gay marriages.

“On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital,” Obama said. “How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions. Nothing about this decision — which applies only to civil marriages — changes that.”

After the SCOTUS announced its decision this morning, an Obama aide updated Obama’s official Twitter page tweeted an image of the Supreme Court awash in colors of the rainbow along with the text: “DOMA & Proposition 8 are history! #LoveIsLove”. The caption read: “Retweet if you believe everyone should be able to marry the person they love.”

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    33 Responses to “Obama Says He Won’t Force Churches to Hold Gay Weddings”

    1. 1
      missmiami says:

      :tea:

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      Ms. Everything says:

      :coffee: <—– really sleepy time tea

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      If you had Chickenpox-The Shingles virus is already inside you. Sound sexy huh?, "inside you" Well its not! This is serious. Click my link for details says:

      I luv that picture of our prez :-) I’m glaad for the gays. If certain churches don’t want to entertain it, so be it…I remember reading a post on this very site about a Black couple (hetero) who was having trouble getting married in their church. They were allowed to attend, allowed to pay tithes :tea: bit certain members didn’t want them being wed in their church. Churches be like that some times. Its their right. People use the bible all the time to oppress. Nothing new. More power to them. Judges, cops, councilmembers, and anyone else in a position of authority…Those are the ones who should not be allowed to discriminate…jmo…A church is just a church…Go find another…It may not be right, but it’s def ok…

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      LSLH says:

      I don’t agree with the decision.

      Hey Brenden :love:

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      If you had Chickenpox-The Shingles virus is already inside you. Sound sexy huh?, "inside you" Well its not! This is serious. Click my link for details says:

      Greetings L period S period L period H period :hi:

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      Unshakable says:

      Good afternoon to:

      LSLH
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      On topic – I agree with this decision to an extent. A church should have the right to marry whom they choose, but can churches pull this same “card” if it were an interracial, heterosexual couple?

      Could they refuse to marry them because they don’t believe in interracial marriage? :think:

      My name is Unshakable Rose, and I approved this message. :rofl:

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      Chile I see I missed a lot today :tea:

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      Hey Unshak :hi:

      What happened Jen? Recap please :nun:

    9. 9

      Chile that hoodbooger on the witness stand :facepalm: my gawd :rolleyes: I’m over here watching Nancy Grace and this bish just ruined it with her ghetto disrespectful antics :mad:

    10. 10

      Bren Boo :hug: I’m not sure, Dubb will have to do a recap :thinking:

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      Oh My Gawd this fat fawks attitude is just :facepalm: what a dumb azz

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      Chile Nancy come on :stop: yeah she a high school but that is no excuse :nono: embarrassing

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    14. 14

      Bren Bren I should have did the same thing :crying: hold meh!!!

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      If you had Chickenpox-The Shingles virus is already inside you. Sound sexy huh?, "inside you" Well its not! This is serious. Click my link for details says:

      Yeah I learned my lesson with the pre trial mess. Fired off angry emails to FOX and everything. Cursed out Pierce Morgan on twitter. It ain’t worth it. Those people…Aint worth it.

    16. 16

      Whoa Bren you went in on Pierce :hahaha: lol!

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      Now watching RnB divas. Really Faith? A few mo days without the fam may be hard, but you’re an exec producer :smack:

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      I wanna like Mo’s hair, I really do. The sides and the back are cool, but the front looks Waka Flaka Mamaish :think: maybe of it was all going back instead of fwd…

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      Nicci looks good in that White. The makeup compliments it…Im over Mo’s daughter. I think her resentment lies more in Mo not being there…Not so much in her Molly maiding the kitty…

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      Member how Blanche n Dorothy usta take the news paper and pop Rose over the head with it? I wanna take Angies board n do that with her

    23. 23
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      If just one of them…Atleast 1,,,Didn’t look like her body was built by Ford #ijs #NoHateNoShade

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      Part 2 July 10th :eek: seriously tvone? Yall put the 2nd half on layaway :smack:

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      I don’t think Niccis lying. That’s what I had heard. People didn’t think Sylena was known outside of the Midwest. She fought for homegirl. It’s that NeeNee Leaks syndrome,,,You go to bat for them, then they refuse to slide in to home for you…

    26. 26
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      Dee Mitchell gone brang the Island accent out on um :popcorn:

    27. 27

      I live in VIRGINIA so this decision does NOT affect ME. ANNNNNNND churches have the RIGHT to marry who they wanna marry, so OBAMA is just taking the common sense approach. That is why more people do ALL-IN-ONE banquet hall weddings.

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      Caramel Rain says:

      I think you hit the submit button a few times too many :lol:

      I plan on renting a reception hall b/c my church is very very strict. No dranking, pants wearing, secular music, or make up.. I do all of the above so they wouldn’t approve of my guests or my reception party, when that day comes :tea:

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      Caramel Rain says:

      I think you hit the submit button a few times too many

      I plan on renting a reception hall b/c my church is very very strict. No dranking, pants wearing, secular music, or make up.. I do all of the above so they wouldn’t approve of my guests or my reception party, when that day comes
      ______________________________

      Im having mine at a reception hall (whenever the day comes) for the simple fact that I dont feel comfortable doing the cupid shuffle and backing dat azz up IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD… plus its cheaper.

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      Caramel Rain says:

      Lol @ cupid shuffle.. IKR.. I dont think I could do it and the electric slide at the same place baptisms and funerals are held…nope.

      ut they way Im feeling now, I may just bypass the whole ceremony thing and do a Justice of the Peace thing and a reception somewhere.. It’s getting very expensive with the limos, dresses, flowers, bridal/bachelorette showers etc.. idk

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      Oh no :cell: you must be MissTaken says:

      :yawn: Morning. I get to leave early today :yahoo: You care.
      I am going home to live stream Zimmerman’s trial. But really it’s no break because I pick my kids up early too because the sitter is near my job.

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      Lodak says:

      I think the best commentary I read on this ruling surmised that, “Gay marriage is officially on a one way street.” SCOTUS punted Prop 8 back to the lower court ruling because the plaintiffs didn’t have standing. In reading the DOMA opinion (both supporting and dissenting), it’s clear that gay marriage will be legalized in the 50 states, and soon as the issue hits the court with the proper litigants.

      People need to get on the right side of history here—cough—Dred Scott—cough

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