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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. Ron

    "Always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth." II Timothy 3:7

    June 26, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • M

      Ah, to the contrary, unconditional love is the truth.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:17 pm |
    • bostontola

      Religion: never learning, accepting outrageous unsubstantiated assertions as truth.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • Ron

      Bost, and M, No, I think the Spirit has it exactly right. Though you act as though you know something, you have nothing to offer. You stumble totally in the dark. Yea, the Spirit has it right.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • Cpt. Obvious

      Ron, god is invisible and undetectable. Invisible and undetectable things are irrelevant.

      June 26, 2013 at 9:09 pm |
    • Ron

      Sorry Cap. He is the most relevant One with Whom we have to do. I hope you find that out sooner rather than later.

      June 27, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
  2. Ohg

    Ohg triditinal value based Ohg like rock, fire bad, wheel bad, letters bad; rock good

    June 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
  3. bostontola

    Young Americans overwhelmingly support, same se.x marriage, abortion, etc. Kooky branches of religions will get swamped out by natural selection. How fitting.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:11 pm |
    • M

      I would say informed people support it, either through knowledge or experience.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:13 pm |
    • bostontola

      M,
      I didn't say only young people. Young people matter most to my argument because they determine the future.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
  4. Bootyfunk

    a victory for civil rights - a defeat for religious prejudice

    conservatives are always on the wrong side of civil justice.
    conservatives were against releasing the slaves
    against women voting
    against minorities voting
    against civil rights
    against g.ay marriage

    conservatives are always on the wrong side of history.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm |
    • M

      I don't know that you can say they're always on the wrong side of history, but on this issue (and others) they are.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      @ M...............Have you seen what the republicans have been pulling lately?

      June 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • DeViouSsSs

      Because they live in history, unable to think for themselves and indoctrinated to think the way their follower of follower of follower (...) says is The Way. Wake up??? Too painful

      June 26, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
  5. FactsRBad

    I weep everytime Mike Huckabee opens his mouth.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
    • Jake Sanders

      Okay, as a Christian gays should have the right to be couples. But marriage is for a man and a woman. Let gay people have all the benefits and rights of marriage, call it a domestic partnership, but don't call it marriage (because it's not!). Gay marriage is trying to fit a round peg into a square holde...

      June 26, 2013 at 8:20 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      @Joke Sanders................People like you treat marriage like its perfection. ITS NOT. You've heard all the stats 1/2 marriages end in divorce, the rate of infidelity is even higher, the many reasons people marry (money, citizenship, etc) What are you protecting? You should be happy ANYONE still wants to get married.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:42 pm |
    • Pete

      Or you could call your marriage something besides a marriage if it is that important to you.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:06 pm |
  6. Sam Yaza

    this day will be remembered as a day were liberty won over Bigotry, and i do mean religious liberty two, after all DOMA prevented my religious rights by forcing me to adhere to Christians religious beliefs. the christian argument was unconst.itutional to begin with.

    June 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      let me rephrase it so you cretins get it. "YOUR" God says its not cool, not OTHER peoples deities.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:59 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      .....and lake there of.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
    • ISLAM FOUNDATION OF AMERICAN CONSTI TUTION

      For liberty as such is enjoyed by animals, secular s by nature in a Jungle, go live with them, this blog is about human, hindu, man kind.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
    • STFU

      yes "this blog is about human, hindu, man kind:, not for son of Lucifer like you, go back to your hell hole, magi pig.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      humans are fair more monstrous then any animal my friend.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      well said, sam. never should have been an issue – but christians wanted to force their definition of marriage on everyone else.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
  7. Travis Fields

    "Jesus wept" upon learning of Lazarus's death.

    Which had nothing to do with marriage law in America.

    #context

    June 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • clearlyseen

      Jesus also wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44) because of He forsaw the souls of those who would experience the coming destruction (AD 70, and eternally), since they for the most part refused to worship Him.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
    • ChrisA

      Not true. Jesus also wept over the fact that Jerusalem couldn't foresee it's own coming destruction. So it's entirely relevant and in context.

      Luke 19:40

      41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,

      42 Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.

      43 For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,

      44 And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Chris Azz, it isn't "relevant" to a fvcking thing. Our laws aren't based on YOUR beliefs or your bible.

      That's all there is to it. The Justices ruled based on our laws, which have nothing to do with your god.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
    • Roger that

      Thanks Tom.

      June 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
  8. anonymous

    That's not why Jesus wept, Mr. Huckabee. He wept with compassion for humankind – the opposite of what you're doing. Read your Bible.

    June 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
  9. lionlylamb

    Gay? What's its' purpose? Who does it lovingly help and who does it hatefully hinder?

    June 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
    • M

      I answered this on the previous page.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm |
    • Observer

      Love is love. Bigotry is a hindrance to intelligence..

      June 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm |
    • Jessica

      It must have some purpose or people wouldn't be born that way.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:55 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      My guess is it's for population control. Nature realizes it's resources can only support so many. (No matter the species)

      June 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
    • M

      I'd say bigotry is a lack of understanding, either through insufficient education, experience, or both.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:01 pm |
    • Really-O?

      @Jessica – "It must have some purpose or people wouldn't be born that way."

      That's a rather simplistic view of evolution and genetics. Does spina bifida have some purpose? Childhood leukemia? Cleft palate? One must consider the gestational environment and other epigenetic factors. Nature is imperfect and, sometimes, "shit happens".

      June 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm |
    • Really-O?

      Whoa! Lack of tact – population me!

      I apologize, Jessica;I did not mean for my post as castigation. I also did not intend to equate homosexuality with congenital disorders or disease.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • lionlylamb

      Jessica,

      Being "born that way" is merely a ploy brought about by and thru angularly postured societal and cultured culpabilities. We are all born of sensual innocents and are raised under the trained premises of sensually learned characteristics viewed and then mimicked in one's upbringing.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Were you born stupid, LL?

      June 26, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
  10. Francisco Cardenas

    So Huckabee thinks he can speak for Jesus? What an arrogant, ignorant man!

    June 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm |
    • M

      And once again we see why bigotry has such strong legs, because of religious leaders like this.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      Leader of what, Who made this man a leader?

      June 26, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
    • M

      Bigots help keep him as a leader, and apparently he is somewhat misguided, at least in this area.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:05 pm |
  11. Vinnie Vidivici

    I am not gay, nor do I particularly like gays, but the religious "leaders" in this country better put on their big boy pants and start proclaiming the the rights and responsibilities and the consequences in the Gospel again. I've read the Bible. I know how things will end! God is in charge, and always has been.

    June 26, 2013 at 7:44 pm |
    • Observer

      Vinnie,

      So you want slavery brought back and women to be discriminated against like God wants?

      June 26, 2013 at 7:46 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      And this "God" that is in charge couldn't keep the court from voting the way it did!

      June 26, 2013 at 7:47 pm |
    • M

      @Vinnie Vidivici – I think if you tried to step back from some of the hatred you've been taught (no fault of yours), you'd see how much better you would fee.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:50 pm |
    • daphne

      This can only be yet another troll handle of the dumb one.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
  12. Oh, Fake Uncouth Swain, where are you?

    I notice that you have disappeared once you were exposed. What's the matter, dear? Afraid to admit you are a fraud?

    Do you think your god doesn't know?

    June 26, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
    • Uncouth Swain

      There's no god. Get that stick out of your rectum already.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
    • The real Tom

      There are a lot of trolls on here tonight. They all seem to think they are Mycroft Holmes.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      "Mycroft Holmes" awesome reference

      June 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm |
    • Where's fake Uncouth Swain?

      Mycroft Holmes isn't 'awesome' at all. My husband is a huge fan of the works of Conan Doyle. It isn't an exclusive club, dears.

      The fake Uncouth Swain is a poser.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Thanks LET, I just wonder why so many people are so jealous toward Uncouth. It's the only reason I can come up with.

      June 27, 2013 at 11:19 am |
  13. *ptp

    I'm a teacher and I'll continue to teach my kids and others that a 'true' marriage is between a man and a woman. The 'sick' fake marriages are for the gays. Only a battle was lost here, the war is for each individual state to decide whether to uphold this farce of a ruling. LOL

    June 26, 2013 at 7:37 pm |
    • Phattee

      One of your kids will turn out to be gay. Mark my words.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
    • M

      I think you're missing which way the current has been moving – it's toward more acceptance, not less.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
    • The real Tom

      You're not a teacher. You're nothing but an employee of some private religious school. You're not certified in your state. You never took or passed the Praxis. You're a joke.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm |
    • bleh

      LOL – a drive-by poe by any other name is a drive-by poe and no teacher – LOL.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:41 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      Why are you teaching kids about marriage? What grade school children do you deal with? Did you get the parents permission? did you get the school permission? Will you also teach kids about:
      Divorce
      Affairs
      Marrying for money
      Marrying for healthcare
      Marrying for citizenship
      Marrying 3 or 4 times

      If you're going to talk about marriage, please tell the whole story.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:42 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      then as a teacher you have a responsibility to teach the multicultural and anthropological definition of marriage not your own view point based on your religion

      "marriage is the union between two or more consenting adults, for economic and or child raring reasons"

      we are not a mono culture so the Christians culture in America has to share the space with other cultures.
      we pagans, and the like define marriage as the union of two souls. the soul is genderless.

      like your book said its not about you.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:57 pm |
    • Roger that

      Let me guess, you're a homeschool teacher.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:02 pm |
    • chronickelly

      good for you! Teach your students hate, intolerance and judgement against those who are different from your "norm". Here in Canada, you would lose your job. and rightly so.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:03 pm |
    • smith

      Just think 50 years ago this would have been an impossible idea to pass the courts with this. In another 50 years, people like you will be in the single percentages while your children live in an accepting world. That will be the true LOL

      June 26, 2013 at 8:10 pm |
  14. CGAW

    Government has no right or business in the relationship status of its citizens. Regardless of your beliefs and/or religion, if you support the government defining you and being invloved in your personal and private life then you should move to Cuba, China, any of those places that restrict liberty.

    June 26, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
    • M

      I think the challenge with this view is that it's idealistic, but realistically the minority needs protection sometimes from the majority.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
  15. nik green

    Nobody heard of that the Christian principle of "unconditional love for all"? How about that American principle of "freedom and justice for all"? Kinda old-fashioned and pre-9/11, huh?

    June 26, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
  16. Anonymoose

    The Catholics who voted for Obama, twice, get what they voted for: liberals.

    June 26, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • M

      No, people of conscience tried to get what they voted for, another person of conscience (Obama).

      June 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      The Catholics that voted for Republicans twice, got what they voted for MORONS.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:32 pm |
    • M

      and I should add, as opposed to what some unconscious people got, and unconscious person (Bush).

      June 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • CGAW

      Well, you showed your stupidity. Whether Catholic, athiest, Jew, etc who voted for either the repub or the dem candidate wasted their vote since both parties are inept and corrupt. Try voting out the 2 party trash and vote in another partty that is not paid.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
    • Weasley

      You do know that President Obama does not run the Supreme Court, don't you? And you do know that the Supreme Court is a conservative leaning court, don't you? Can't be too sure that people know these basic facts. Some conservatives are mighty dense.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:43 pm |
  17. Chris

    I'm so happy the Supreme Court did what it did. Gave us more room in paradise while all of you burn!!!!

    June 26, 2013 at 7:27 pm |
    • M

      I don't know where it says anyone will burn for this in the Bible.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Luciafurr

      Awesome. I'll be sure to enjoy my beer, heavy metal, and loose women. You can enjoy your fellow Christians and crappy music.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • sam

      As long as I don't have to spend any time with folks like you...

      June 26, 2013 at 7:30 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      Paradise Island in the Bahamas?

      June 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
    • Observer

      Chris,

      Grow up. If we followed the Bible, we'd be forcing marriage on r@pe victims and slaves. Oooops!

      June 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • oOo

      LOL. True, Luciafurr. The stick dancers be groveling at the door asking to "buy" a few more chords.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:36 pm |
    • Francisco Cardenas

      If all these Christian fundamentalists are there ... it is NOT paradise!

      June 26, 2013 at 7:54 pm |
    • oOo

      I know, Francisco – I can just see them all at a "dance" – eyes darting quickly away from a gaze since just holding a steady glance for too long is sinful.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:00 pm |
    • Joe

      Hahahaha, Luciafurr I'm with you on that

      June 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm |
    • WhataWonderfulWorld

      Sure, it's a Paradise, a place where you don't have to work, where the Government–God in this case–gives you everything, where you sit around on clouds all day and play music, a place where–with all the streets being paved in gold–money is absolutely meaningless. You don't have to strive for anything or compete anymore–everything there is complete bliss. Actually, in down-to-earth terms it's basically you, living in your mom's basement, eating the food she buys with her hard earned money and gives to you for free, getting free health care, etc., all while taking massive hits on your huge bong stuffed with government subsidized marijuana while at the same time listening to Bon Jovi on a stereo given to you by your dad. That is Paradise.

      Good job working so hard all your lives, conservatives, just so you can spend eternity in a socialist commune.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
    • Dori

      Thanks, Chris. I'm delighted that I won't have to share eternity with a bunch of narrow-minded people. By the way, I'm a straight, 61 year old woman who just celebrated her 30th anniversary with a wonderful man. But then I'm Jewish, so I guess I wasn't going to your version of the afterlife anyway...

      June 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
  18. bostontola

    When things don't go their way they whine. This is the American way, the minority is protected from the majority when it attepts tyranny.

    June 26, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
    • Interesting

      What, tyranny from the minority is somehow better? Didn't we break free of England because we got sick of being tyrannized and ruled by a minority?

      June 26, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • sam

      Uh...'interesting'...people finally getting equal rights does not equal tyranny.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:31 pm |
    • boomer

      no, Islam. Even gay tourism is legal.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      What is atteps?

      June 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
  19. In Reason I Trust

    Imaginary gods,
    Real hate.

    June 26, 2013 at 7:22 pm |
    • STFU

      how many times do I have to kill your posts Mohammad A. Dar, son of Lucifer? pos musalman.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • .

      Mohammad, shut the hell up and go count your pressure cookers.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:33 pm |
  20. gg

    I will teach all my children that this is wrong.

    June 26, 2013 at 7:21 pm |
    • jim

      And will teach my kids that the decision is correct

      June 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
    • Observer

      gg,

      Yep. Read a Bible someday so you can teach your children that God's idea of marriage is to FORCE it on some people without any regard to love.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:23 pm |
    • In Reason I Trust

      Hopefully your kids are smarter than you.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
    • M

      That is your right, but you will be handicapping your child about being all loving. Once you give them a reason to hate, they'll find more reasons.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
    • Akira

      You may teach your children anything you wish. When they grow up and can decide for themselves, they may want to re-open that dialogue.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:24 pm |
    • Dippy

      gg, why do you think it is wrong?

      June 26, 2013 at 7:25 pm |
    • Neo Atheist

      I plan on keeping religion away from my children. No bible, no Jesus, no Church, no God, no baptism, none of that "stuff" I don't want them to turn into a lot of those religious bigots who use the bible and religion as a means to justify their actions and treatment of others that disagree with them.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
    • sam

      So? They won't always be stuck with you, they'll grow up and have a chance to see what the world is really like. And you will have wasted your time for nothing.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
    • The real Tom

      What, precisely, is "wrong" with it? Is it that you find it "icky"?

      June 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
    • Randy

      I don't believe you're a teacher. I think you're a poe.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:26 pm |
    • norman

      your kids will most likely realize youre just some dumb, ignorant hillbilly-what does trailer trash know about what is right, anyhow?

      June 26, 2013 at 7:28 pm |
    • Randy

      Even if you were a teacher, who cares? If you're in an inbred area of the country, you can probably get away with spreading lies, but who cares when stupidity prevails in such areas? In a more civilized area of the country you wouldn't last very long trying to spread such lies.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:29 pm |
    • The real Tom

      If that idiot is a teacher in any public school, we really ARE doomed. If that idiot is a teacher ANYWHERE, I'll eat my hat.

      That moron could teach a cat how to catch fleas.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:34 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      @gg.............Suppose your kids are gay?

      June 26, 2013 at 7:35 pm |
    • bleh

      Oh I see, gg is a scaredy-cat drive-by poe who doesn't respond.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:39 pm |
    • Francisco Cardenas

      the gay ones too?

      June 26, 2013 at 7:56 pm |
    • clearlyseen

      To the crowd who mocks gg: You are like Pontius Pilate who retorted, "What is truth?" Jesus gave him no answer. Fear has nothing to do with it.

      June 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      and a Klan man teaches their kids that equal rights for blacks is wrong two

      June 26, 2013 at 8:07 pm |
    • Pete

      By the time gg's kids are 12 they will have realized that gg is an idiot.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:15 pm |
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