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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. Kevin

    The tears of the sanctimonious taste like the sweetest honey.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
  2. Theseus

    Now if they could only prove that ANYTHING in that book really happened or those people really existed they may have a case. Until then, quoting Dr. Seuss is just as valid.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • jonnyprecious

      I had a diatribe ready to unfurl, but your comment is succinct and eloquent, so I needn't say more.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • M

      Let the strength of your argument do the talking – no need to be uncivil.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • Snowdog

      You need to research yourself Theseus. The Bible has been proven correct over and over again. Archeology has proven the Bible correct every time. History has proven the Bible correct over and over again. Secular writers of Jesus time proved that he existed and was crucified. They never found his body. He has risen, Amen!!!

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

      Snowdog, you've been snow-jobbed. But I respect people's beliefs, even if they're in imaginary friends and stories.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:45 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      The Bible has been proven correct over and over again. LIE... Archeology has proven the Bible correct every time. LIE... History has proven the Bible correct over and over again. LIE... Secular writers of Jesus time proved that he existed and was crucified. LIE... They never found his body. Who cares... He has risen, Amen!!! Fantasy...

      June 26, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
    • Dave

      My friend, I was a former atheist. I use to blast Christians. Then the LORD plucked me out of my depravity. If you want to truly look for the truth you will find it, but unfortunately many will not. I pray that you will not be one of them. Here is a link if you want to begin your search. http://www.gotquestions.org/proof-inspiration-Bible.html

      June 27, 2013 at 2:58 am |
  3. Bill

    Why would anyone listen to, or care what, the Catholic church has to say about gay marriage? One would think that they need to tend to their own business, before taking the high moral ground on this issue.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • M

      Some Catholics support gay marriage, it's just that their leaders are holding the wrong line.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
  4. Jesussaysgoodriddance

    "Jesus Wept" – when he heard Huckabee was speaking for HIm. Jesus was a man with compassion for the outcast and downtrodden and he resisted the establishment to defend them. Huckabee is Caiaphus and he weeps because the grip he has on the faithful is weakened by this ruling.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • Snowdog

      Yes, Jesus loved the sinner not the sin.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
  5. Real Wisdom

    They say this a historic day. Well, it will also be a historic day when those same gays are cast into the lake come Judgment Day. Talk about a day to remember...

    Psalms 37:2 – Fret not thyself because of evildoers, neither be thou envious against the workers of iniquity. 2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • Jesussaysgoodriddance

      I'm sure you'll be in attendance with your cloven hooves and spikey tail.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • Theseus

      It's easy to quote the Bible when it suits you Christians, but you tend to conveniently leave out that your God practiced infanticide, ritual sacrifice, and hypocrisy.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
    • jonnyprecious

      You actually believe that ONE book, written thousands of years ago, has all of the answers? Really, dude? Think. Just think.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:39 pm |
    • M

      @Theseus – Very true.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:40 pm |
  6. Don Mitchell

    Finally, my love is federally recognized! I can now marry by partner of 11 years! The religious bigots who are upset don't phase me at all. I gave up on organized religion as a teenager. This historic ruling restores some of my faltering faith in the U.S. Government and the Supreme Court. I shall now go out and celebrate.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • Dippy

      Faze, not phase.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm |
    • iheartyou

      CONGRATULATIONS, DON!!! Wishing you and your partner many years of deliriously happy MARRIAGE! 🙂

      June 26, 2013 at 8:37 pm |
  7. dannyC

    Catholic priests take to twitter "Does this mean we can marry alter boys?"

    June 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • steve

      Catholic Priests can not marry. Oh you knew that?

      June 26, 2013 at 8:52 pm |
  8. eric

    The days are getting darker.... as mankind sinks to the depths of lust in Satan's world. We have become selfish and godless. Repent and turn around, seek God and seek TRUTH while it may yet be found. We must obey God's word rather than man's. The truth is out there, pray to find it and you will get a knock on your door – I promise you that.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • Dippy

      Bullshit. Tough rocks.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • Observer

      eric,

      Skip the hypocrisy. The darker days were when God was commanding that we kill unruly children and supporting slavery.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • skarphace

      Let me ask you a question, Eric. Do you support Sharia Law?

      If not, then you should not be supportive of acts such as DOMA that allow the Federal Government to make decisions of a religious manner. Leave religious matters to the Church. Leave Consti tutional Law to Congress and the Supreme Court.

      If you do, then I apologize for labeling you a hypocrite.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
    • Snowdog

      Amen Eric.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • Theseus

      Keep your promises, I'll stick with reality.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:38 pm |
    • steve

      Whose God?

      June 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
    • Jesussaysgoodriddance

      yea..uh..you got a little.. foam dribbling out the side of your mouth there. Take a minute to breathe and realize you've deluded yourself into thinking that a series of tribal myths cobbled together into a book by the council of Nycia to be used to rule a people is actually the written word of the Creator of the Universe. Did it occur to you that a power that can vibrate strings into consciousness would be a little more enlightened.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
  9. Snowdog

    Sad sad day for America. This is not a Democracy any more. The people of CA were overruled by BIG government. They can change mans law but they will never change God's law. This country is going down hill faster and faster.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
    • Observer

      Snowdog,

      God believed marriage should be FORCED on some people.

      Read a Bible someday. You don't support God's full version of marriage. Skip the HYPOCRISY.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Snowdog should be very proud today. Instead, he is anti-freedom. It is a shame.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • Dippy

      Too bad, Snowdog. What are you going to do about it? Besides whine.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • Snowdog

      God will have the last word. I cannot wait for that day. Marriage is between a man and a woman. End of story.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
    • skarphace

      You Republicans (yes, I am assuming you are Republican based on the fact that you are defending a prejudicial act) keep saying that you want smaller government and you do not want the government involving itself in matters of the Church.

      Therefore, you should be happy, as this ruling does exactly that.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:30 pm |
    • ike

      If you want to obey god's law, treat your slaves with kindness and don't beat them up without reason. Or, catch up to the 21st century. Your choice.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm |
    • Observer

      Snowdog,

      Skip the HYPOCRISY. You don't believe nor support all of God's version of marriage.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
    • bostontola

      We don't have a democracy, that was ancient Greece. We have 3 branches of Govt to limit power. The Supreme Court limits the power of the majority (among other things).

      June 26, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
    • Damia Savon

      Another dumbazz who knows zero about the law.

      June 26, 2013 at 11:12 pm |
  10. skarphace

    The only group of people affected by DOMA were gays. Therefore, it was unconsti tutional.

    DOMA is gone. It is not coming back. Get over it. Move on.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
  11. Julia Gershon

    I'm taking a short break from the raucous party at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association to ask: why didn't you ask a single Jewish leader how we feel about today's events? What are we, chopped liver?

    June 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
  12. adibese

    Wasn't this Jesus character supposed to love EVERYONE? And why would this god want to punish someone for who they are naturally attracted to? Makes no sense, and there's no compassion. Grow up.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
  13. Apple Bush

    K-Town

    He could smell her from his position, directly downwind of the Santa Ana’s, the putrid air-born tendril of urine and body odor makes a formidable weapon. Her socks, slung over the tops of her borrowed Converse flaps. Here teeth only a reminder of public service commercials. The hair was everywhere. Not untidy exactly, just….everywhere. Like a blanket over her. She had a pleasing form though. Hard not to look twice. So hard in fact, many had made her their project. Each had failed. For her the addiction was destiny.

    Joe Skinner rarely looked up when he was walking in L.A. Nobody on these streets needed directions or knew where anybody stars lived. This was Korea Town, the crossroads where Heaven and Hell conduct their business. It was different now. The riots broke the peace and historians were quick to point out that Korean Town was marginalized during the Rodney King Riots of 1992. Neighborly “hellos” became tense and less friendly. If you want someone to get your back, stay in your part of town. And don’t call 911.

    Joe called 911. The voice on the other end of his iMate spoke in hushed tones. Joe laughed. He knew they would have to follow up on any call. If Ryerson shows up, He’s dead. Joe still had friends everywhere in the eight block neighborhood of K-Town. He walked without being disturbed, but only because he understood protocol. K-Town in 2033 was not only not safe, it was anarchy.

    That is when he saw it. A photograph. Hard to see, but the man in the image was beautiful. Long flowing hair that wasn’t messy but practically covered his whole upper section. Skinner reached for it. It sizzled in his fingers. This was Jesus and he was come unto Earth to save humans at long last.

    Joe on the other hand really wanted to get baked before work and needed a paper. It was wet but they had one of those electric 2025 hand dryers in the toilet of the filling station he stood next to. He blazed, and soon saw Jesus once again. This time Jesus stood before him saying, “I brought unto you a miracle and this is how you betray your lack of awe?

    Joe thought a moment and finally looked at Jesus and said, “You crazy old fuck, here toke up!” The party lasted long into the night. Jesus got tore up and the moral of the story is that Marijuana should be legal in all 50 states and gay marriage.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm |
  14. 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 hole...

    June 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
    • Observer

      Jake,

      As a Christian you don't believe or support all of God's twisted version of marriage, so what's your point?

      June 26, 2013 at 8:22 pm |
    • Sam Yaza

      live it up to your faith to decided

      atheist and non Christians/Muslims or Jews should not have to play by your definition

      to me spiritual teaching marriage can be between a man and a man or woman and a woman or any combination of consenting adults why should i live by your religious standards?

      June 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
    • Jake Sanders

      I do believe in the Christian model of marriage, the one that our government adopted. So why don't we do the common sense thing and create domestic partnerships on the same level of marriage? What America is doing now is just twisting something to make it fit the desired model, rather than creating something that fits the model correctly.

      Gay people want the social stigma of marriage more than they want the benefits or rights.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
    • Dippy

      So what if it's called marriage? How does that affect you? How does that affect anyone?

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

      @Sam Yaza because the government originally adopted God's version of marriage, not the new version. Seems crazy our country grew to what it was under Christian principles, doesn't it.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:27 pm |
    • Jake Sanders

      @Dippy because it's an insult to what God created.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
    • ike

      Christians no more own the word "marriage" than muslims or Buddhists or wiccans. Grow up.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • Dippy

      And how does this perceived insult affect you?

      June 26, 2013 at 8:34 pm |
    • M

      @Jake Sanders – No, actually there are many religions that have marriage as a rite, and many customs that have marriage as a rite – marriage is not wholly owned by any religion or custom.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Jake? The day YOU get to define what marriage is is the day I get to define what a Jake is.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
    • Akira

      Jake, dear, we are a secular nation. DOMA was unconstitutional, it discriminated against a segment of our society, therefore it was struck down.

      Gay people want to be married. And now the federal government cannot discriminate against them. It appears that you don't want the "social stigma" of marriage to extend to gay people. This is sad, but as we have seen, your wishes to do supersede the Constitution.
      And the Government was WRONG to adopt "God's" view of marriage. That pesky separation of church and state, you know.

      This impacts you none at all. It addects millions of people you don't even know, though. And today the SCOTUS did something about it.

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

      There is no such thing as gay marriage. There is no such thing as straight marriage. There is only marriage.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • Jesussaysgoodriddance

      Actually Jake many married couples fit their round pegs into the square hole as well – they just aren't condemned to be thrown into the pit of despair by frothy religious types. Actually if you really try the peg fits in many holes – some can be fun if both are willing and no one gets hurt it's really fine.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Jake? You don't get to decide how to define "marriage." You are barely capable of deciding what flavor of ice cream you want, you dimwit.

      June 26, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
    • Damia Savon

      Marriage existed before the first myths the Bible copied were even made up.

      June 26, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
    • Pete

      If gay marriage offends you that much you could always get a domestic partnership.

      June 27, 2013 at 1:21 pm |
  15. JC

    God loves everyone. So should we.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:19 pm |
    • clearlyseen

      Ezekiel 18:23
      23“Do I have any pleasure in the death of the wicked,” declares the Lord GOD, “rather than that he should turn from his ways and live?

      June 26, 2013 at 8:26 pm |
  16. Ron

    "For by grace are you saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, unless anyone should boast" ....Ephesians 2:8-9

    June 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
    • Observer

      Ron,

      This isn't a church. Save the preaching. Try to stay on the TOPIC.

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

      This is a recitation, do you not have any original thoughts?

      June 26, 2013 at 8:33 pm |
    • Ron

      Observer, Actually this is where many godless assemble. I don't like preaching to the choir. Many lost souls in here, a lot of work to be done. "I am the resurrection and the life; he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live". ....Jesus (John 11:25)

      June 26, 2013 at 8:35 pm |
    • Observer

      Ron

      "Observer, Actually this is where many godless assemble."

      Yes and most of them are further convinced they are right by Christians who try to FORCE their religion on others.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:43 pm |
    • Jesussaysgoodriddance

      Ezled 60:9 "And they shall spout verse out of context, written by tribesman and enforced by tyrants. They will claim the word of God to bind the sheep in the darkness. While they chew on the gravel of their words they shall be shorn and sheared and made into mutton stew by the predators among them."

      June 26, 2013 at 8:53 pm |
  17. Akira

    Nonsense.

    June 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
    • Akira

      Reposted in its proper place.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Nonsense.

      (ooh that is a strong word isn't it...)

      Like; Fudge sickle

      Who can agrue wit that?

      June 26, 2013 at 8:28 pm |
  18. Ron

    "Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God." Romans 10:17

    June 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
    • Robert

      I hear Gawd right now and he's saying you're a dummy.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • Jesussaysgoodriddance

      Ezled 60:9 "And they shall spout verse out of context, written by tribesman and enforced by tyrants. They will claim the word of God to bind the sheep in the darkness. While they chew on the gravel of their words they shall be shorn and sheared and made into mutton stew by the predators among them."

      June 26, 2013 at 8:56 pm |
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    Above The Supreme Court there is THE SUPREME COURT.

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    June 26, 2013 at 8:14 pm |
  20. Genuine Heart

    Liberalism: A mental disorder wherein the Illogical becomes completely logical with no lasting effect on the conscience.

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

      Genuine Heart,

      Grow up, child.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:15 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      conservatives - always on the wrong side of social justice.

      wrong about slavery
      wrong about women voting
      wrong about minorities voting
      wrong about whites and blacks getting married
      wrong about civil rights

      and now, wrong about g.ay marriage.

      sounds like you think equality is a mental disorder.
      don't worry, we liberals will make you conservatives stay at least a little human, despite your desire to be monstrous idiots.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
    • Akira

      Nonsense.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:16 pm |
    • Akira

      Equal rights should not be a partisan thing. That Heart makes it into one is very telling as to what is inherently wrong with the divisive politics in this country.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm |
    • Steve

      ummm, sorry, your democrats were the ones who were on the side of slavery (Lincoln was a republican). White democrats were against equality and voting rights for blacks. You might want to check your history books.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      @steve
      ummm, sorry, i never said democrats. might want to check your comprehension. i said 'conservatives'. if you check your history books, you'll see that "democrats" were the conservative group back then - republicans were liberal. democrats became the 'liberal' group and republicans the 'conservative' group when the democrats backed for civil rights. look up the phrase "we've lost the south for a generation."

      so let me reiterate: conservatives have always been on the wrong side of social justice.

      June 26, 2013 at 8:29 pm |
    • The real Tom

      Steve, honey, you got trounced.

      June 26, 2013 at 9:14 pm |
    • Damia Savon

      The Flying Spaghetti Monster shall smite thee with the fiery meatballs of doom. Ye shall roast in boiling cauldrons of Ragu. The tendrils of justice shall entwine thee for eternity. The Holy Parmesan shall fall upon thee until only thy head is free and ye shall suffer until the end of days. – Recipe 4 cups Stir 10 minutes.

      June 26, 2013 at 11:20 pm |
    • WhataWonderfulWorld

      Steve, Democrats were among the three or so political groups that formed the Republican party. Indeed, many of the early Republican governors were originally Democrats. You may dislike Democrats, but they're your "paw".

      June 26, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
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