Culture & Religion
June Thu 27, 2013
President Barack Obama has issued a statement on Wednesday applauding the Supreme Court's striking down of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) , according to Politico. com.The President called the DOMA a case" of discrimination enshrined in law." "It treated loving, committed gay and lesbian couples as a separate and lesser class of people. The Supreme Court has righted that wrong, and our country is better off for it," Obama said, criticizing the 1996 law that blocked federal recognition of same sex-marriage. At that time, DOMA was approved by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States and signed into law by President Bill Clinton. On Wednesday DOMA was judged by the U.S. Supreme Court to violate the Constitution of the United States. "We are a people who declared that we are all created equal - and the love we commit to one another must be equal as well," declared the President. Obama said he has directed his administration to "review all relevant federal statutes to ensure this decision, including its implications for federal benefits and obligations, is implemented swiftly and smoothly." "The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free, " declared Obama. There was another issue dealt with by the Supreme Court which favored gays, but this was limited to California, referring to a voter-supported "Proposition 8" which opposed gay marriage even though the State had been recognizing them as any other marriage. President Barack Obama on Wednesday also called the plaintiffs in this case to congratulate them for the Supreme Court's vacating of California's ban on same-sex marriage. According to Politico, the President said: "We're proud of you guys, and we're proud to have this in California." Obama said, speaking from Air Force One en route to Senegal. "And it's because of your leadership things are heading the right way. So you should be very proud today." As can be imagined, hundreds of thousands gay marriage supporters held celebrations around the country, especially in Washington, San Francisco, and New York (around the Stonewall Bar in the Village where the gay public movement began). The celebrations for the Supreme Court's decisions took frequently the characters of a religion-patriotic feast with prayers, songs, and dances. The media's covering of the events often could not hide its joy at the decisions of the Court. In the midst of all of this, opposing views were hardly heard, and the pro-traditional figures seen on TV often looked hopelessly defeated. What could they now hope for? Except a weak voice of condemnation here and there, the traditional Churches were licking their wounds. In fact, they share the blame for what has happened.
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