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.


- CNN Religion Editor

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

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  1. Bootyfunk

    article from the Onion, america's finest news source:

    Gay Marriage Opponents Warn Supreme Court Ruling Could Put Nation On Slippery Slope To Rationality
    News in Brief • ISSUE 49•26 • Jun 26, 2013

    WASHINGTON—Condemning the decision as “dangerously reasonable” and “beyond level-headed,” vocal opponents of same-s.ex marriage strongly cautioned that this morning’s Supreme Court rulings supporting g.ay rights could put the United States on a one-way, slippery slope to rationality. “I don’t think people fully understand that letting h.omos.exuals legally marry one another is just the very beginning of a dangerous road to clear logic and sound, sensible decision making,” said anti-g.ay protester Kevin Moore, 43, who warned that the landmark ruling will likely lead to “an unspeakable amount of enlightened discourse and thoughtful compromises across the country.” “I mean, we’re talking about granting people their basic human rights on the basis of written law and common decency here. What’s next? Using sound judgment and comp.assion to foster a more humane culture and system of government? This is pure lunacy.” G.ay marriage opponents later stated they were at least relieved to know that states still maintained their rights to remain as irrational and misguided as they each saw fit.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
    • 3gghead

      Love it. I-heart-Bootyfunk.

      June 26, 2013 at 11:26 pm |
  2. Bishop Hairy Palms

    What about little baby Jesus?

    June 26, 2013 at 10:20 pm |
    • Damia Savon

      Pro-life Christians would let baby Jesus starve to death because they only love fetuses. Once a baby is born then it deserves to die.

      June 26, 2013 at 11:41 pm |
  3. Ken Margo

    Has anyone seen:

    Bill Deacon or Chad lately. I want to get their unbiased opinion! 🙂

    June 26, 2013 at 10:20 pm |
    • Dyslexic doG


      June 26, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
    • Athy

      They're licking their wounds.

      June 26, 2013 at 11:06 pm |
  4. JN

    Strange that the highly-offended religious leaders don't seem concerned that the disenfranchised and voiceless might not get a chance to vote due to the slashing of the Voting Rights Act.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm |
  5. John

    Can someone please explain to me what this has to do with religious freedom, as son many posters seem to think? If their church doesn't want to do gay marriage, they don't have to. And please don't tell me that is the next step on the slippery slope.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
    • Janica

      Gay people getting married has zero impact on any one's right to practice their religion. It's not like the SCOTUS took away anyone's rights. These people need to simmer down, now.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
  6. Bootyfunk

    i wonder if jesus wept when the last country on earth abolished slavery. the messiah commands christians to beat disobedient slaves "with many stripes." he also said disobedient slaves go to hell. must have been a sad day for jesus when the South gave up slavery.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:15 pm |
  7. mark

    Hey I'm a product of a catholic education. All I can say is Lesbian Nuns are mean!

    June 26, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      maybe they wouldn't be if they followed their natural urges and munched some rug. and priests would proly stop buggering little boys if they were allowed to do the horizontal mambo. s.ex is healthy. proven.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:17 pm |
    • Trix

      You know the nuns are lesbian...how?

      June 26, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
    • mark

      priest mostly molest girls anyway.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm |
    • mark

      observing supposed conjugal visits-My mom told me what was really going on and I believe her.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:21 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      it'd be pretty shweet if the girls were 18+...

      June 26, 2013 at 10:23 pm |
    • Trix

      Booty, do you imagine all priests and all nuns MUST be gay? Where the fuck does THAT come from?

      June 26, 2013 at 10:29 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      read into things much? no, i don't. never said anything even remotely close to that. i said for lesbian nuns that have anger problems and child molesting priests, perhaps adult s.exual relations, g.ay or straight upon preference, would do go a long way into making lesbian nuns happy and child molesting priests less molest-y.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:45 pm |
  8. mark

    Why won't this post?

    Jesus cried when Mathew Shepard was murdered! Were was Fox's Mikey then?

    June 26, 2013 at 10:13 pm |
  9. CMB

    Not to denegrate anyone's religion, but isn't Christianity's main tenent bassed on cannibalism? "Eat his body, drink his blood, and we'll sing a song of love?"

    June 26, 2013 at 10:12 pm |
    • Bootyfunk

      bloody and violent religion through and through.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:18 pm |
    • tallulah13

      Cannibalism and human sacrifice. Not a nice religion at all.

      June 27, 2013 at 10:03 am |
  10. Saraswati

    And so ends the 40 year domination of the Christian right...

    June 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      It's not yet 50 state legal. That's next!

      June 26, 2013 at 10:10 pm |
    • Men Kargo

      what 50 states?

      June 26, 2013 at 10:43 pm |
  11. mark

    Now I want a boyfriend who wants to get married sometime. Not all do I've sadly discovered.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
    • Ken Margo

      I'll tell you the same ting I'd tell a Hetero. Their are plenty of fish in the sea!

      June 26, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
    • outinkansas

      Now I've got to convince my "boyfriend" of 27 years to get married! I want him to be able to collect my social security if I go before he does.

      June 27, 2013 at 9:58 am |
  12. whee

    Can't believe there are people who actually listen to these old hateful jerks. People who are against gay marriage don't deserve to be called religious. They're just self-important jerks desperately looking for a socially-acceptable excuse to act like a giant ignorant jerk.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
  13. tony

    Religion. The grand theft of freedom and happiness from ordinary people.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
    • random

      Yep, only sheep need a shepherd...

      June 26, 2013 at 10:14 pm |
  14. Felix Sinclair

    The phony piety just isn't working like it used to.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:05 pm |
  15. truthteller

    "jesus wept".....good.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm |
    • tony

      Actually the collection plate bean counters are ones weeping.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:07 pm |
  16. AR

    religion: life long bigotry

    June 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
  17. Gavin Ford

    Mike Huckabee and all of his ilk can suck it.

    June 26, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
  18. Dan

    I'm not pro-gay but let's leave the invisible magic man out of this.

    June 26, 2013 at 9:56 pm |
    • truthteller

      you are not "pro-gay"? What does that even mean? You don't beat up gay people? Good for you!

      June 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
    • Dale

      If you're NOT pro-gay, then what other reason is there for opposing it besides the "magic man"? Because that's the only argument I ever seem to hear.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:39 pm |
  19. Ahappyfarmer

    I read a good response from Family Life a Christian based organization. I thought it was a good one. We don't need to have our first response to anger. We need it to be love. The foundation of Christianity has not changed. The courts can only change the law of man and not the laws of God. Just as Jesus said love your neighbor, we need to do this.

    June 26, 2013 at 9:55 pm |
    • tony

      Move to an officially religious country and see how you like it.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:09 pm |
    • mark

      They don't though.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:16 pm |
    • tallulah13

      So I tried to read that article. then found this statement:

      "For example, the union of a man and woman reflects the image of God by forming a picture of the intimate relationship between Jesus Christ and His followers"

      But weren't Christ's original followers, the apostles, all guys? So why are so many christians opposed to same-sex marriages?

      June 27, 2013 at 10:09 am |
  20. APL

    what does jesus, god or the bible have to do with laws or politics??? didn't the people that first came to america ran from religious persecution and that this coutry was not founded based on faith? if the laws of this country was based on what is written in the bible, jesus, and god then we would be literally have a law that allows stoning of wives who are not a virgin when they marry. How about stoning of a child when they're disobedient or disobeys their parents, stoning of anyone worshiping another god or religion, or stoning a wife who has not been faithful and committed adultery. We also eat shellfish and that is banned in the bible where it states we shall not eat anything in the seas or the rivers that has not fins and scales. The bible also states do not get drunk with wine in Ephesians, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit. why isn't there laws around those if we're such a christian nation. I'm sure Jesus wept each time that people ate shellfish, didn't stone our wives for whatever reason, or got drunk from wine...

    June 26, 2013 at 9:53 pm |
    • Saraswati

      Some Christians can't tell the difference between a civil marriage and their church's marriages...which goes a long way to explaining why they can't understand the whole separation of church and state concept.

      June 26, 2013 at 10:03 pm |
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