June 26, 2013 | by Michael K. Lavers
Same-sex marriage opponents blast DOMA, Prop 8 decisions
Harry Jackson, Hope Christian Church, gay news, Washington Blade

Bishop Harry Jackson is among those same-sex marriage opponents who criticized the Supreme Court for ruling against DOMA and Proposition 8 (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Same-sex marriage opponents on Wednesday blasted the U.S. Supreme Court after it struck down a portion of the Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8.

Concerned Women for America President Penny Nance described the two rulings as “the Roe v. Wade of marriage,” referring to the landmark 1973 decision that legalized abortion in the country.

“While the justices sit in their high chairs, these decisions will have very real-life consequences for American families, especially as it relates to our religious liberties,” she said. “Those who hold a Biblical view of marriage can expect much persecution from the government in the years to come.”

Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes tweeted “Supreme Court overrules God” after the justices announced their decisions. He added it “won’t be long before they (the justices) outlaw the Bible as hate speech.

Bishop Harry Jackson of Hope Christian Church of Beltsville, Md., also took to social media to criticize the DOMA decision.

“Laws cannot be enforced; justice is always the loser,” he tweeted. “Criminals crowd out honest people and twist the laws around.”

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops categorized the rulings as “a tragic day for marriage and our nation.

“The Supreme Court has dealt a profound injustice to the American people by striking down in part the federal Defense of Marriage Act,” the group, of which New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan is the president, said.

The group is among those who joined National Organization for Marriage President Brian Brown; Ruth Institute President Jennifer Roback Morse; American Values President Gary Bauer; New York State Sen. Ruben Diaz, Sr.; and Tami Fitzgerald, executive director of the North Carolina Values Coalition and others at an anti-gay marriage rally on the National Mall in March after the justices heard oral arguments in the Prop 8 case.

“By striking down the federal definition of marriage in DOMA, the court is asserting that Congress does not have the power to define the meaning of words in statutes Congress itself has enacted,” Family Research Council President Tony Perkins said. “This is absurd.”

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, who unsuccessfully sought to place a proposed constitutional amendment on her state’s 2004 ballot that would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman, is among the members of Congress who criticized the Supreme Court’s rulings.

“Marriage was created by the hand of God,” she said. “No man, not even a Supreme Court, can undo what a holy God has instituted.”

“It’s pretty hard to believe that the Supreme Court would say that the 85 Senators, 342 members of the House of Representatives, and Democrat President Bill Clinton – all who supported DOMA when it was signed into law nearly 20 years ago – voted for DOMA literally seeking to injure and impose stigma on gay individuals,” U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) added. “That may be the perception of five Justices, but it is simply not true. I’ve always felt that marriage was an issue best left up to each state, and that’s essentially what the Court ruled today. But this ruling is a disappointment because instead of allowing the American people and their elected representatives to continue the debate about same-sex marriage, the Court instead used its own personal opinion to tip the balance.”

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who on Tuesday petitioned the Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling earlier this year that struck down the commonwealth’s anti-sodomy law, said in a statement the state “has followed the traditional definition of marriage as between one man and one woman for more than 400 years.” He also noted Virginians in 2006 approved a constitutional amendment that banned nuptials for gays and lesbians.

Cuccinelli, who is also running for governor against former Democratic National Committee Chair Terry McAuliffe, who supports same-sex marriage, added he feels the Prop 8 and DOMA decisions will have no impact in Virginia.

“The court’s two decisions on marriage make clear that the rulings have no effect on the Virginia Marriage Amendment or to any other Virginia law related to marriage,” Cuccinelli said.

Michael K. Lavers has been a staff writer for the Washington Blade since May 2012. The passage of Maryland's same-sex marriage law, the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the burgeoning LGBT rights movement in Latin America and the consecration of gay New Hampshire Bishop V. Gene Robinson are among the many stories he has covered since his career began in 2002. Follow Michael

16 Comments
  • A lot of people were praying FOR exactly what happened. If you're a believer, doesn't that mean God's will prevailed? Too bad they don't agree with it. The sky hasn't fallen, California hasn't been wracked with earthquakes, no church that opposes same-sex marriage will be forced to perform one, churches that want to perform same-sex marriage will. Life goes on.

  • Similar arguments were made prior to the Netherlands passing their nation wide marriage equality law over 12 years ago. The sky didn't fall and life has gone on.

  • As is well known, and proven, those who speak out the loudest against gays are invariably the ones who will be caught sneaking out of their closet.

  • Supreme court will and always has overruled the bullshit god that man had so skillfully created! I thank the god that does not exist, for the decisions made today for freedom!

  • Besides Bible reasons like john 3:16 whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, judge not lest yes be judged and Jesus only two great commandments Love God and Love Others here are other reasons why Nancy Pelosi and other hate filled Christians are wrong. So Arm yourself with this facts fellow glbts and open minded or at least neutral straights.

    Here is the myths that homophobic Christians use to say that Gays and lesbians will bring down society and is unnatural debunked courtesy of Live Science.

    Animals are all straight.

    Despite a popular perception that male-female pairings are the only "natural" way, the animal kingdom is actually full of examples of same-sex couples. Penguins, dolphins, bison, swans, giraffes and chimpanzees are just a few of the many species that sometimes pair up with same-sex partners.

    Gay relationships don't last.

    Another stereotype is that gay relationships aren't as real or long-lasting as heterosexual ones.

    Research has found that to be untrue. Long-term studies of gay couples indicate that their relationships are just as stable as straight pairings.

    Most pedophiles are gay.

    An especially pernicious myth is that most adults who sexually abuse children are gay. A number of researchers have looked at this question to determine if homosexuals are more likely to be pedophiles than heterosexuals, and the data indicate that's not the case.

    Gay parents aren't as good as a father and a mother.

    Many of those who oppose gay marriage and gay adoption charge that same-sex parents aren't good for kids, and that a child needs both a father and a mother to grow up to be a healthy adult. Research, however, shows that children of gay parents tend to fare just fine.

    And the Biggest one I did not edit.

    Being gay is a choice.

    While some claim that being gay is a choice, or that homosexuality can be cured, evidence is mounting that same-sex attraction is at least partly genetic and biologically based.

    To test whether genes play a role, researchers have compared identical twins (in which all genes are shared) to fraternal twins (in which about 50 percent of genes are shared). A 2001 review of such twin studies reported that almost all found identical twins were significantly more likely to share a sexual orientation – that is, to be either both gay, or both straight – than fraternal twins, who are less genetically close. Such findings indicate that genes do factor into a person's orientation.

    Other studies have found that biological effects, such as hormone exposure in the womb, can also play a role in shaping sexual orientation. And findings of physiological differences, such as different inner ear shapes between homosexual and heterosexual women, contribute to this idea.

    "The results support the theory that differences in the central nervous system exist between homosexual and heterosexual individuals and that the differences are possibly related to early factors in brain development," said Sandra Witelson of McMaster University in Ontario, an author on the 1998 inner ear finding published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    5 Myths About Gay People Debunked.
    by Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer.
    Date: 25 March 2011 Time: 08:41 AM ET.

    • Ty for adding this,Sheryl. People just can't handle the truth,which is,we're really not different. We just love who our heart leads us to. Another myth is,it's all about sex! NO! It's all about LOVE!

  • another stupid bigot who can't accept defeat… this for federal benefits that's long been denied to same sex couple… you moron… nobody is ordering you to marry these same sex couple, dumb ass.

  • You omitted the quotes on "Bishop" Harry Jackson. My dog is more of a bishop than that huckster.

  • Gotta love a homophobic negro. They forget the past too easily. Then again their brains aren't much more developed than apes unlike us superior whites. I guess I can give them a little slack for their short term memories.

  • joker looks like he's auditioning for a part in Shaft remake! What a joke! just needs to STFU!

  • These hateful bigots will never stop their whining and their fleecing of like-minded supporters for every cent so that they can continue their crusade against gay men and women in the USA. The religious forces of evil including evangelical pastors and Roman Catholic bishops see any change in sexual attitudes as an attack on their last stranglehold over their congregants.

  • Are you a Neo-Nazi? If so, go take a nap in a gas chamber.

  • Skeeter Sanders

    At this point, I really don’t give a tinker’s damn what Fox News Radio host Todd Starnes, or Bishop Harry Jackson or other religious opponents of same-sex marriage have to say. Starnes’ tweet that the Supreme Court rulings on the Defense of marriage Act and Proposition 8 was “Supreme Court overrules God” is typical right-wing theocratic B.S., as far as I’m concerned.

    People like Jackson and Starnes have no respect for the Constitution’s strict ban on the imposition by the state of religious dogmas that deny constitutionally-protected rights to certain classes of Americans — dogmas that are not universally shared by all religions.

    In this country, the Constitution is sovereign, not the Bible, not the Quran, not the Talmud, not the Baghavad-Gita, not Divine Principle.

    Religious institutions that discriminate against gays and lesbians in the conduct of their religious activities have every right to do so under the freedom-of-religion clause of the First Amendment. But they have no right to have their anti-gay dogmas made the law of the state. That is strictly forbidden by Article VI, Section 2 of the Constitution: “No religious test shall ever be used as a qualification for any public office or public trust under the Untied States.”

    State-sanctioned civil marriage is a public trust, and as such, it cannot be denied by the state on the basis of race, color, nationality, religion, age — or gender.

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