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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. lemon

    Jesus weeps every time Mike Huckabee opens his mouth.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • Cherries

      So do I.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:13 pm |
  2. Jack Horton

    Why is that cNN always confers with Catholic and Baptist clergy when these issues make news.
    There are many thoughtful and learned theologians in the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Episcopal chaurch, United Methodist church, Prresbyterian church, United Church of Christ, etc.
    It shows you're not interested in shedding light on the issues but just appealing to the closed minds of the world.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • Mary

      Good point.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      "There are many thoughtful and learned theologians..."

      HYSTERICAL

      June 26, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • anahadwolves

      Proud to be an Episcopalian...the Church that has a heart and a soul.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • AndyInAtl

      Because those "churches" stopped following Jesus and Hist teachings loooong time ago, instead preferring humanism.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:20 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Sure, Andy, unlike the bible thumpin' "church" you attend, where idiots congregate to worship each others' asses. You're so busy patting yourselves on the back it's a wonder you have a hand free to pass the collection plate.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
  3. Rich Stasiak

    I had the privilege of working with a couple who were a military family a few years ago. During a call up to active duty, one of these women was killed in the line of duty and the other was badly wounded but recovered. It doesn't take an NSA data search to notice that few, if any, of the political, social, religious, and media figures who are most offended by todays Supreme Court decision have never served in the military, let alone were killed or wounded. I view todays decision as an overdue "thank you" to gay, lesbian, and transgendered people who have supported liberty and freedom one way or another.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • STFU

      and Mohammad "keep your muslim bhang ism, absurdity out of conversation, it has nothing to do with subject" either, you son of Lucifer, father of magi ism

      June 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Science

      Hey ism bot..............bullsh-it..............now the retired vets that are married where it is legal can no legal come to the US.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm |
    • Science

      Oops missed a y

      June 26, 2013 at 5:24 pm |
    • Science

      Before dippy gets me.................now not no.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:27 pm |
  4. Science

    Comedy gold.

    Someone is not happy .................they submitted a peti-tion to teach creationism in public schools !

    June 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
  5. apothecary

    I have yet to hear one single solitarty LOGICAL argument against gay marriage.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • { ! }

      Its anti-Darwinian. Evolution has finally and uniquivocally "naturally selected" hetero*secksuality as the means of 'survival' of the species. Gay marriage does not contribute to the species, only to the gay couple. Nature didn't supply s*e*x organs just to party.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Says who? Does it LOOK like humans are an endangered species, idiot? If the genitals weren't "designed" for enjoyment, then why are they so enjoyable? Did your Gawd make a mistake? I guess it's escaped your notice that gays aren't sterile and they do reproduce.

      And any of those I know would be more intelligent, caring parents than you.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:26 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      One logical question, "What good can come from gay marriages when viewed socially and culturally?"

      Even though I am not against gay marriages, I am not for them to become as a social commodity among the culturally orientated in which every household needs a little gay child within their hetero-family's midst.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:32 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      'Its anti-Darwinian. Evolution has finally and uniquivocally "naturally selected" hetero*secksuality as the means of 'survival' of the species. Gay marriage does not contribute to the species, only to the gay couple. Nature didn't supply s*e*x organs just to party.'

      Marriage has absolutely nothing to do with evolution, its a man made concept. A gay couple together is no different than a married gay couple in terms of 'evolution'. Your argument carries no weight at all.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:40 pm |
    • apothecary

      Lionlylamb....
      You asked "What good can come from gay marriages when viewed socially and culturally?" I suggest that this is not a particularly logical question. It shows obvious bias. And the answer is it shows that a society and culture can be tolerant and accepting of those who are different from the majority. And that is good.

      Even though you say that you are not against gay marriages, you are not for them to become a "social commodity". Not sure what that even means, to be honest. I certainly do not think that "...every household needs a little gay child..." (although a little diversity never hurt anyone) and to imply that this ruling or the concept of gay marriages will lead to this is both disingenuous and irrelevant.

      June 26, 2013 at 6:09 pm |
    • The real Tom

      "What good can come from gay marriages when viewed socially and culturally?" says LL.

      What harm can come of them, doofus? Can you cite a single negative effect that has occurred as a result of gay marriage ANYWHERE that has legalized it?

      Go ahead. Research it. Find just one negative consequence and produce a reliable source for your information.

      There is NO reason to forbid gay marriage.

      June 26, 2013 at 6:42 pm |
    • The real Tom

      And LL? You're a liar. You've consistently railed against gays! How can you come on here and claim you're not "against gay marriage", you lying ass?

      June 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm |
  6. Triza

    Jesus was one of the greatest spiritual teachers of love and unity – ..nothing LESS than that came from him – which certainly was an extremely radical and dangerous concept in his time. It still appears to be a radical concept for some in the 21st century.

    June 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • Ted

      Actually, Jesus apparently taught some pretty boneheaded socialist stuff too. Maybe you should read what he is supposed to have said more closely. Some of it is great stuff, some bad/questionable, and none of it divine.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • landofodin

      Jesus wasn't a real person, no historical evidence of the man ever existing, just a made up figue from the 44 previous saviors/kings! look it up. you won't though, you're too scared i might be right. I've gotten closer to God because I stopped following jesus!!!!!

      June 26, 2013 at 5:23 pm |
  7. Fundies Gone Wild! They are panicking!

    [youtube=https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0-04VDrCbM&w=640&h=360]

    June 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
  8. velan timothy

    God is going to shake HEAVEN AND EARTH AGAIN

    June 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • oOo

      Well when you hear from him, send him over to my place. I've got a bone to pick with him and some chores I need him to do.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • Dippy

      Again? Wow, I'm shaking in my boots.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:00 pm |
    • cedar rapids

      he needs to chillax.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
    • oceanluvver2

      yeah, as he is dancing in celebration! Thank you God for guiding the hearts and minds of the Supreme Court.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:02 pm |
    • { ! }

      God need only watch, velan. When the first human – call him Adam – started thinking for himself, he promptly turned himself into a drudge. In the next generation, ho*moc*ide was invented when Cain dispatched Abel. Since that time, humans have been their own punishment. And God left them to their own devices.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • { ! }

      He simply hasn't returned to this planet since. His spacecraft may even have crashed or run out of fuel between galaxies.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • {•}

      Bull. Shit.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • sybaris

      which god?

      June 26, 2013 at 5:09 pm |
    • Damia Savon

      You only think that the heavens are shaking because plate tectonics are causing the earth to shift under your feel. Or you are really, really drunk.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:32 pm |
  9. Brother Maynard

    Horrible to admit ... but ...
    I am feeling a great sense of guily pleasure from all the rants of the conservatives and fundi xtians.
    Chicken Little is very much alive in them

    June 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • birch please

      Dont feel guilty at all, they had it coming

      June 26, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • { ! }

      Whose afraid, Maynard? For many hundreds of thousands of years, heter*o*secksual relationships have done all the heavy lifting. And Christians know it. Gay marriage hasn't proven anything.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • Zina

      @{ ! }

      Yes -heavy lifting – like slavery for instance.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm |
    • Dippy's student

      *who's
      *heterosexual

      June 26, 2013 at 5:11 pm |
    • The real Tom

      {!}, you really make all believers look stupid.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • { ! }

      @ZENA Just so you know, slavery is the result of business interest. Not religion. Someone lied to you.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:33 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Then why did Southerners use the bible as proof that slavery was good?

      June 26, 2013 at 5:35 pm |
  10. sly

    I'm not that concerned about legalizing gay marriage.

    I am worried that next America will legalize the right of women and minorities to vote.

    What is this world coming to?

    June 26, 2013 at 4:56 pm |
  11. mason

    The evil Evangelicals are getting their raggy butts kicked by Force for good

    June 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
    • Kris Jackson

      May the Force for good be with you.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
  12. velan timothy

    THE JUDGE OF SUPREME COURTS IS A KINDERGARTEN STUDENT SURELY ALL CHRISTIANS WILL PUSH HIM OUT

    June 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • Dippy

      You write like a kindergarten student yourself, so you should know.

      June 26, 2013 at 4:57 pm |
    • Akira

      Do you know anything about the Judicial Branch at ALL?

      June 26, 2013 at 4:58 pm |
    • pattysboi

      Um, just an FYI for you; Supreme Court justices are not elected; they are appointed. Sorry to burst your bubble.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:04 pm |
    • rudy

      You sir, are fucking nuts.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:15 pm |
    • apothecary

      Um, THIS Christian won't.

      June 26, 2013 at 6:33 pm |
  13. Kris Jackson

    Yeah, okay, bishop. Go have yourself a couple of altar boys and you'll get over it.

    June 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
  14. WestsacVoice

    Apparently, Huckabee has a direct line to Jesus (skype video) and can see the reaction. Perhaps he knows also if Jesus wept when laws protecting women's rights were also passed and the SCOTUS made decisions in favor of equal protection/equal rights for women.

    June 26, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
  15. Apple Bush

    This is good.
    My lesbian daughter can find a nice girl to marry and maybe they will adopt. Everyone wins.

    June 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • Akira

      I hope so, AB. I think you'd make a hilarious Grandpa.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • velan timothy

      YOU ARE A USELESS MOTHER

      June 26, 2013 at 5:03 pm |
    • rudy

      trolls are useless (velan)

      June 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • Damia Savon

      I certainly hope so!

      June 26, 2013 at 10:34 pm |
  16. urouttolunch

    Nothing like guidance about se xuality from folks who are supposed to be celibate – but who, as a group, have historically demonstrated some pretty questionable ability to color inside the lines

    June 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
  17. velan timothy

    IF THE US GOVT.DO NOT CANCEL THIS RULE AMERICA WILL BE LIKE SODOM AND GOMORRAH

    June 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm |
    • realbuckyball

      So you're telling us you're gay, and all your friends will turn gay then ?

      June 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • Dippy

      Turn off your caps lock, please. Then try to make a coherent comment.

      June 26, 2013 at 4:52 pm |
    • sally

      What the hell? People that live in caves are getting on the internet now too?

      June 26, 2013 at 4:53 pm |
    • urouttolunch

      Oh, for pete's sake, get a grip. It will do you good...

      June 26, 2013 at 4:54 pm |
    • Akira

      Cancel what? The Constitution? Seriously?

      June 26, 2013 at 4:55 pm |
    • Bob

      Apparently God is sitting on the caps lock. God is a dick.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
    • birch please

      Look a christian who has not actually read the bible, surprise!

      June 26, 2013 at 5:06 pm |
    • Kris Jackson

      And why did God destroy Sodom and Gomorrah? According to the Bible, it was because they didn't take care of the poor in their communities. I agree with him, that's bad. But a little off the point. Equality now!

      June 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • Damia Savon

      The US already violates the laws regarding guest in their home. Or did you not have a clue what the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah really was?

      June 26, 2013 at 10:36 pm |
  18. Portland tony

    "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and unto God the things that are God's" (.[Matthew 22:21] AND THE WISDOM TO KNOW ........?

    June 26, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • Keith

      Being able to quote the bible is very different from having a point and an intellect with which to form one.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm |
  19. Mike

    How can a man who has been dead for 2000 years weep? People that believe in that mumbo jumbo are so simple minded.

    June 26, 2013 at 4:49 pm |
    • Roger that

      You must have missed the resurrection, floating up into outerspace, and hearing your every thought part.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:01 pm |
    • birch please

      Not sure how he could hear our every thought with his eye balls popping out of his skull and blood boiling.

      June 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
  20. Eye Warship Satin

    Let's see if any of you bright mathmeticians can figure this one out.

    Amanda is 21 years older than her son John. In 6 years from now, Amanda will be 5 times as old as John.

    Question : Where is Amanda's husband?

    June 26, 2013 at 4:43 pm |
    • Dippy

      Let's see if you can spell mathematicians correctly.

      June 26, 2013 at 4:51 pm |
    • GonzoG

      John is 7 1/2 Amanda is 27 3/4.

      Why do you need to know where her husband is?

      June 26, 2013 at 5:07 pm |
    • EuphoriCrest

      Trick question. Amanda has no husband. She has a wife!

      June 26, 2013 at 5:16 pm |
    • Eye Warship Satin

      You all fail. This was not an English test, Dip.

      The key to figuring out where the husband is, is doing the math. MATH. Do the math, and you'll understand the purpose of the exercise.

      June 26, 2013 at 6:38 pm |
    • EuphoriCrest

      He's in a man, duh!

      June 27, 2013 at 12:58 am |
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