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June 26th, 2013
11:53 AM ET

`Jesus wept' or tears of joy? Faithful react to gay marriage rulings

By Daniel Burke, CNN

(CNN) As news broke of the big Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage, religious leaders took to Twitter to express joyous praise or strong condemnation.

http://storify.com/danielsburke/religious-reaction-to-scotus-decisions

- CNN Religion Editor

Filed under: Belief • Church • Culture wars • Gay marriage • Gay rights • Homosexuality • Politics

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  1. Christian Nation

    Another day of libmorons gloating for another step closer to being legally able to bang their pets. This ruling will get overturned because marriage is between one man and one woman. Two men can't produce children. Mounting each other is unnatural and humans were not created that way. Moron atheist liberals need to stop pushing their agenda. We don't want gays in this country. Choose to be gay, then you can choose to move to France with all of your butt buddies. The American flag is not something you should treat with disrespect. This country was founded by Christians on Biblical values. The Bible tells us that it is wrong and a choice to be gay. There is no gay gene, so don't even go there.

    All of the bad things you hear about in the news is God's judgement for kicking him out of schools and teaching stupid garbage like evolution. You are indoctrinating children with liberal beliefs and brainwashing them to think being a gay is acceptable but it's not. You are ruining this country. If all you lousy atheist liberals want to be gay with no religion pack your trailer garbage up and move to North Korea. They have a wonderful policy of no religion and it would fit you nicely. If I had the money I'd buy all of you a one way ticket and say good riddance.

    Atheists liberals fear Christ but won't admit it. They KNOW they are disobeying Him and how could you do that knowing that it is bad news for your soul? This is pure evil and it hurts The Lord that you turn your backs on Him. You all need to pray to Him and ask for His forgiveness or else our country will never heal. Our economy will keeping falling too. The government stands to lose trillions of dollars if gays start getting married all across the country. Who foots the tax bill? Straight people. You all argue over churches not paying taxes but guess what we can't afford to because we keep paying the tax bills for garbage like the government wasting money on gays when it should not even come up in conversation. If your a guy that chooses to be gay then you can choose to leave and go to Europe and marry your drag queen because we do not want that here and we don't want to pay for your tax breaks!!!!! You chose to be gay but we don't get to choose not to pay taxes for your disgusting choice!!! Stop pushing your agenda on our kids and stop having lousy parades. Do you see straight people having parades trying to push a straight agenda?? No!! Because being straight is natural and we don't feel some stupid need to announce what we do in the bedroom. Making announcements and flashing your bodies is a public disgrace. No one deserves to have to put up with it, and kids don't need to see that filth.

    Like I said you want to be gay then pack up and leave. You aren't welcome in America.

    June 27, 2013 at 8:05 am |
    • Primewonk

      We aren't a christian nation. The rest of your post is irrelevant.

      June 27, 2013 at 8:08 am |
    • The real Tom

      There are so many idiotic statements in your post that it's not worth the trouble to address them, save for this comment: You're stupid.

      June 27, 2013 at 8:08 am |
    • What is going on? FREEDOM

      Atheist Liberals? Another closed minded right wing extremist that believes Atheists are only Liberal, when in actuality they are Conservative Atheists out there as well.

      June 27, 2013 at 8:13 am |
    • Rory

      I fear Christ about as much as I fear Santa but, guess what, I still get my Christmas presents. Grow up!

      June 27, 2013 at 8:20 am |
    • A J FOX

      I'm a member of this country, too (likely more so than you, since I'm Native American). And I say gays are welcome. YOU pack up and leave if you don't like it.

      June 27, 2013 at 9:01 am |
    • Damocles

      You are a fvcking idiot. I'd hit you with a tack hammer, but with all that glue you've been sniffing I rather doubt you'd feel it.

      June 27, 2013 at 9:10 am |
    • sam stone

      Wow, "libmorons".....pretty impressive. Let me guess, captain of the debate team at Morton Downey Jr State home for the retarded?

      June 27, 2013 at 9:12 am |
    • The real Tom

      Damocles and sam made me laugh.

      June 27, 2013 at 9:14 am |
    • mama k

      This must be a poe post. No one could be so ignorant nor stupid.

      June 27, 2013 at 9:19 am |
    • mama k

      Yes, Tom. LOL @ Dam and Sam.

      June 27, 2013 at 9:20 am |
    • Damocles

      Sam and Dam.... bringing you comedy with a subtle sarcastic flavor. Yum.

      June 27, 2013 at 9:23 am |
    • cedar rapids

      All you have shown here CN is your ignorance, your hatred and that you are just a troll and not a believer.

      June 27, 2013 at 9:25 am |
    • Doobs

      "legally able to bang their pets"?

      Did you get dropped on the head as an infant or were you just born an idiot?

      June 27, 2013 at 9:37 am |
    • pete

      And just who, exactly, is it that is going to overturn a Supreme Court decision?

      June 27, 2013 at 3:32 pm |
    • Neo Atheist

      Christian Nation – LOL! That was the funniest post I have seen in a long time.

      June 27, 2013 at 4:12 pm |
  2. Rainer Braendlein

    The decision of the US Supreme Court concerning gay marriage is rediculous.

    Why?

    The US Supreme Court refers to the US consti-tution. Yet, the US consti-tution was made at a time when nobody could imagine that gays would ever become so influential like they are today. Any paragraph about equality of all human beings of the US consti-tution does not refer to gay people of course. I am sure that be means of historical sience one could prove that the makers of the US consti-tution did reject gay lifestyle, and never intended to protect gays or gay marriage by their consti-tution.

    If gay marriage becomes usual in the USA, God will wipe out the American people from the earth. Don't forget how God treated the ancient inhabitants of Palestine which lived in extreme se-xual misbehaviour. God instructed his People Israel to destroy them, and they were utterly destroyed, and nearly nobody no more knows their names today excepted one reads the story about this in the Old Testament. Also let us remember the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah which were destroyed directly by God's wrath.

    June 27, 2013 at 7:36 am |
    • midwest rail

      " God will wipe out the American people from the earth. "
      Guess what, doofus ? The sun came up, no devastation, no earthquakes, no massive floods. You, sir, are a bigoted moron of the highest degree.

      June 27, 2013 at 7:39 am |
    • Scirnce

      HEY RB

      Sounds like you been talking to that talking snake !

      June 27, 2013 at 7:42 am |
    • JJShabadoo

      The sooner you realize there is no god your troubles will fade.

      June 27, 2013 at 7:49 am |
    • Interesting

      That when your hero Bonhoeffer visited the USA he frequented groups of young men and attended every steam bath in Harlem. Not that it is a bad thing.

      June 27, 2013 at 7:50 am |
    • sam stone

      "Any paragraph about equality of all human beings of the US consti-tution does not refer to gay people of course. I am sure that be means of historical sience one could prove that the makers of the US consti-tution did reject gay lifestyle, and never intended to protect gays or gay marriage by their consti-tution."

      Equality is bothersome to bigots.

      June 27, 2013 at 7:51 am |
    • sam stone

      wipe the american people off the earth?

      hell, your god is so impotent that he could not even get the supreme court to vote the way he wanted.

      rainy is another example of the pious bloviating empty proxy threats when they get angry.

      rainy......eat the business end of your sidearm

      June 27, 2013 at 7:53 am |
    • Hey Rainman

      No god Rainer, certainly no god that gives a good god damn about who is doing what to whom or it would stop the child s8x abuse. BTW when your hero Boenhoeffer visited the USA he attended every bath house in Harlem, not that there's anything wrong with that.

      June 27, 2013 at 8:06 am |
    • Greg

      The US Consti.tution was made at a time when nobody could imagine that blacks, women and non-Christians would ever become as influential like they are today, either.

      June 27, 2013 at 8:26 am |
    • Greg

      "If gay marriage becomes usual in the USA, God will wipe out the American people from the earth."

      If you ask the Rapture-ready, they will tell you that Jesus will return to end all democracy on the planet. Without democracy, we will stop being "Americans", right? So, in reality, it's all part of the glorious Christian plan for God to do away with America, so why aren't you celebrating?

      June 27, 2013 at 8:31 am |
    • Truth

      Except that god does not exist, nor would he do anything if he did if he loves all his children he loves the gays too, get over it.

      June 27, 2013 at 8:35 am |
    • mama k

      Wow – what a ridiculous post in just about every way possible. The constitution doesn't say anything specific about left-handed people, yet it manages to protect their basic rights and helps ensure that any advantages afforded them are applied equally. You're just a fearful little bigot. Well you'd better get ready, Rainy because there's a very good chance that ALL of Germany will legalize gay marriage before all of the U.S. states do.

      June 27, 2013 at 9:07 am |
    • cedar rapids

      'If gay marriage becomes usual in the USA, God will wipe out the American people from the earth.'

      And yet god did absolutely nothing at all during the time of slavery in the US, so i guess god is ok with slavery right?

      June 27, 2013 at 9:27 am |
  3. Rainer Braendlein

    The decision of the US Supreme Court concerning gay marriage is rediculous.

    Why?

    The US Supreme Court refers to the US consti-tution. Yet, the US consti-tution was made at a time when nobody could imagine that gays would become so influential like they are today. Any paragraph about equality of all human beings of the US consti-tution does not refer to gay people of course. I am sure that be means of historical sience one could prove that the makers of the US consti-tution did reject gay lifestyle, and never intended to protect gays or gay marriage by their consti-tution.

    If gay marriage becomes usual in the USA, God will wipe out the American people from the earth. Don't forget how God treated the ancient inhabitants of Palestine which lived in extreme se-xual misbehaviour. God instructed his People Israel to destroy them, and they were utterly destroyed, and nearly nobody no more knows their names today excepted one reads the story about this in the Old Testament. Also let us rember the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah which were destroyed directly by God's wrath.

    http://confessingchurch.wordpress.com

    June 27, 2013 at 7:32 am |
    • Tom, Tom, the Other One

      "If gay marriage becomes usual in the USA, God will wipe out the American people from the earth." I thought you were Lutheran, Rainer. Why the change to Westboro?

      June 27, 2013 at 7:36 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Gay marriage is legal here in Canada and no-one has been harmed by it yet. Maybe if the bigots weren't so insecure in their own marriages they wouldn't have reason to worry about gay marriages. It's not the business of you or your imaginary friend who loves who. I would hope that all people would strive for a better world where people are free to love and be happy but instead we see christians speaking out about stuff that really is not their business in the end. The church doesn't issue marriage licenses or control taxes, so the church needs to back off and shut up or perhaps start to pay their share of taxes.

      June 27, 2013 at 7:38 am |
    • The real Tom

      Rainer, it's "ridiculous" to read such utter tripe. Gay marriage is legal in other nations and they're still here, you knucke-dragging dope. Can you cite even ONE negative consequence of gay marriage in any state or country where gay marriage is legal?

      Do so, or shut up.

      June 27, 2013 at 7:55 am |
    • sam stone

      Marriage equality is coming and bigots like Rainy are having a hissy fit.

      Choke on it, punk

      June 27, 2013 at 7:56 am |
    • mama k

      Wow – what a ridiculous post in just about every way possible. The constitution doesn't say anything specific about left-handed people, yet it manages to protect their basic rights and helps ensure that any advantages afforded them are applied equally. You're just a fearful little bigot. Well you'd better get ready, Rainy because there's a very good chance that ALL of Germany will legalize gay marriage before all of the U.S. states do.

      June 27, 2013 at 9:05 am |
  4. Reality

    Se-x in any form requires intelligence especially in prevention of STD's which cost $15 billion/yr. to control and/or cure and the SCOTUS should have included this drain on our resources in their ruling.

    See also: http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/26/opinion/bolan-se-xual-health/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

    June 27, 2013 at 7:22 am |
    • A J FOX

      People who are married and monogamous have fewer STDs. Also, get your kids the HPV vaccine.

      June 27, 2013 at 9:03 am |
  5. Tom, Tom, the Other One

    Only on CNN:

    Big Baptist group urges ouster of SCOTUS ... Baptists plan exodus from North America

    June 27, 2013 at 7:10 am |
    • Pokydoke

      We can only hope.

      June 27, 2013 at 7:13 am |
    • WASP

      i can only say one thing to that for all "those baptists"...........................don't let the door hitcha where mother nature splitcha. XD

      June 27, 2013 at 7:20 am |
    • Tom

      I'm sure there's a place in North Korea for you.

      June 27, 2013 at 7:22 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      Tom: You live in a secular country, if you don't like it perhaps Afghanistan has a place for you.

      June 27, 2013 at 7:40 am |
  6. LivinginVA

    I wish they would have more comments by the Christian leaders who celebrated the decision – there are entire denominations that are delighted, as well as many individuals, who are very happy to see these rulings.

    June 27, 2013 at 6:50 am |
    • Jon Macias

      I agree, it would be nice to see those that do support equality, tolerance and love for everyone.

      June 27, 2013 at 7:23 am |
  7. WASP

    YAHOOO! cold hard proof that our SECULAR GOVERNMENT believes in equality......................not invisible peeping toms in the sky.

    happy days are here again!
    you don't want same gender people marrying in your church, we don't care your church has ZERO % to do with marriage.
    the government; the state level; recognizes if you are legally married or not.
    and please don't give us that BS about "marrying an animal or underage person" we ain't buying because it's you jesus freaks that try that route. :p

    June 27, 2013 at 6:35 am |
  8. Felix Sinclair

    "Jesus wept" – does anybody actually fall for this anymore?

    June 27, 2013 at 6:07 am |
    • Catherine

      ya when ya have little girls whom are catholic having visions of the pope in hell including Gays and lezbions and even there own grandparents cause they did not know jesus suposisbly........Youtube has a Mexican 10 year old girl!

      June 27, 2013 at 7:47 am |
    • The real Tom

      Cath, please use the magic translator ring. Your comment is unintelligible.

      June 27, 2013 at 7:52 am |
    • A J FOX

      If anything, Jesus is weeping at the people living in a rich country who spend billions on making their church an entertainment mecca. Do you know we have Baptist churches here that have their own bowling alleys and movie theaters? Do you know how many homeless people that money could have clothed, fed, or housed?

      June 27, 2013 at 9:06 am |
  9. Katie

    When we got free will, we've shown just what a weapon it can be. Despite a radical attempt (that ended in betrayal, torture and a violent death) to explain to us how important it is to understand no one is perfect and everyone deserves tolerance and acceptance, that all commandments can be boiled down to two: love God, love each other, we've shown how we can use our free will to persecute others for the sake of righteousness, how we won't render under Caesar what Caesar is due, how we would rather come after our neighbors with guns and swords than with acceptance and love, and how some us insist that everybody bows to the will of God only as interpreted to suit our particular mindset.

    Love the quote from Matthew. Can't wait til hoards of Christians are standing outside the pearly gates waiting for their every utterance to be judged....

    June 27, 2013 at 6:05 am |
  10. Neo Atheist

    Next up: Christians begin the fight against Atheists marrying, because marriage should be in a church before God.

    June 27, 2013 at 5:34 am |
  11. Amazon sales

    With the recent news, we all know the time is near. Don't bump your head on the way up. Install a rapture hatch today. Get yours while supplies last.

    June 27, 2013 at 4:26 am |
  12. Kevin Quail

    Leave gay people alone- they have the right to be married and as miserable as anyone else. Reminds me of a Brad Garrett joke- two people married 40 years wake up one day and one says to the other, "What do you want to do today?" The other replies "Kill you."

    June 27, 2013 at 2:44 am |
    • WASP

      XD thanks for the mourning laugh. 🙂

      June 27, 2013 at 6:37 am |
    • Jon Macias

      lol, yes, thanks again for the chuckle

      June 27, 2013 at 7:24 am |
  13. postedbygeo

    JC is happy, no wife, no girlfriend, no children, picked 12 guys to have dinner eating his flesh and his blood. Yes, very Happy.

    June 27, 2013 at 2:10 am |
    • Bootyfunk

      great tan, six pack abs, long hair, never got with a woman, hung out with twelve dudes...

      jesus would be VERY pro g.ay marriage. jesus and his life partner...

      June 27, 2013 at 5:05 am |
  14. Science

    Hey jboom ..............boom boom ...................Adam and his bone..............and how old is the bone below.

    A 700,000-Year-Old Horse Gets Its Genome Sequenced

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/06/130626142938.htm

    The bible is BS....................you too ass hat and lol??

    June 27, 2013 at 1:36 am |
  15. lol??

    The mob will get their leadership they crave once the gay scouts impart their wisdom.

    June 27, 2013 at 1:35 am |
    • midwest rail

      Do you EVER make any damn sense ?

      June 27, 2013 at 1:41 am |
    • ,

      ..

      June 27, 2013 at 1:50 am |
  16. cobalt100

    If Jesus ever gets wind of this Supreme Court's decision, why he'd turn over in his grave.

    June 27, 2013 at 1:22 am |
    • Bundus

      He's not in the grave.

      June 27, 2013 at 3:54 am |
    • Al

      He's not in the grave.

      Tomb. Whatever.

      June 27, 2013 at 4:12 am |
    • Skarphace

      So, Al, both you and Cobalt believe that Jesus did not rise from the grave, and yet you are willing to be bigots in His name?

      June 27, 2013 at 4:39 am |
    • Truth Prevails :-)

      "believe that Jesus did not rise"

      No jesus did not rise from the dead. No-one in recorded history has ever done this, so why believe one book that tells this crazy story?

      June 27, 2013 at 5:41 am |
    • Al

      you are willing to be bigots in His name?

      Why does saying that Jesus is decaying in a tomb in Israel make me a bigot?

      June 27, 2013 at 6:04 am |
    • sam stone

      interesting that you project your bigotry back to jesus

      June 27, 2013 at 7:59 am |
  17. israel

    if bishops believe so much in god's law, then i'm pretty sure god would forbid posting on twitter.

    June 27, 2013 at 1:15 am |
    • lol??

      Law is the schoolmaster. You have to graduate.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:20 am |
    • wanfuforever

      I'm still waiting for the protests over divorce, since clearly we're overriding God's law there as well. Still waiting...

      June 27, 2013 at 3:22 am |
  18. hrdwrknjoe

    Since we haven't heard from Robertson, Huagee, Roberts, Graham and the other fraud artist, hopefully they've dropped dead from the news or were "raptured".

    June 27, 2013 at 1:03 am |
    • Greg

      Yes, there are millions of arrogant Christians who hope that God will take suddenly them away from this world very soom, ... and the rest of us hope that it happens sooner yet! 😛  

      June 27, 2013 at 1:09 am |
    • lol??

      The rapture is a fraud, but it sells plenty of bumper stickers, books,and movies.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:22 am |
    • sam stone

      i prefer the former. it would also work if they were found next to a note and a recently discharged weapon

      June 27, 2013 at 8:01 am |
    • sam stone

      "Yes, there are millions of arrogant Christians who hope that God will take suddenly them away from this world very soom"

      Yet very few of them are willing to force the issue

      June 27, 2013 at 8:21 am |
  19. Troglodytes Entertaining All

    Jesus was a long-haired guy who trekked through the desert in a bathrobe with 12 other guys and never married... We all know how he felt about this...

    June 27, 2013 at 12:46 am |
    • Real Wisdom

      Matthew 12:26 – But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:00 am |
    • Observer

      Real Wisdom

      "Matthew 12:26 – But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment."

      So does that mean that any Christians will go to hell for not supporting God's version of marriage where it is FORCED onto people who may even hate their spouse-to-be?

      June 27, 2013 at 1:04 am |
    • lol??

      Observer, plenty of qweirdos have proven they don't mind fakin' it.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:24 am |
  20. oOo

    And thanks for the clear explanation.

    June 27, 2013 at 12:45 am |
    • oOo

      wrong place – will relocate.

      June 27, 2013 at 12:45 am |
    • lol??

      Try the dark side of the moon.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:25 am |
    • Science

      Hey lol?? Pink Floyd...............Dark Side of the Moon.

      [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fi1sBwV1-tU&w=640&h=360]

      June 27, 2013 at 2:45 am |
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