Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA And Prop 8 In Favor Of Gay Rights

Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA And Prop 8 In Favor Of Gay RightsIn a big day for gay-rights advocates, the Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down a federal provision denying benefits to legally married gay couples and issued a separate ruling that paves the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.

‘Same-sex marriages to resume’

Cheers erupted on the steps of the high court, as the rulings were handed down. The latter decision did not speak to the constitutionality of gay marriage bans in California, or in the country as a whole. The court avoided a broad ruling, and rather, determined that the defenders of California’s Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage did not have the standing to appeal lower court rulings against the ban.  As a result, California is likely to allow same-sex marriages to resume in a matter of weeks. Gov. Jerry Brown has already set that process in motion.


‘Unconstitutional’

The more sweeping decision, though, came in relation to the federal Defense of Marriage Act, which the court said was unconstitutional and effectively gutted by ruling against a provision that denied benefits to legally married gay couples.

The 5-4 ruling — a major victory for gay-rights advocates — means those same-sex couples would be eligible for federal benefits. President Obama, who applauded the decision, directed his administration to review “all relevant federal statutes” to comply with the ruling.

The provision in question defined marriage as between a man and woman and in doing so prevented married gay couples from receiving a range of tax, health and retirement benefits that are generally available to married people.

Are you in favor of same-sex marriage? Why or why not?

Source: Fox News

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Adrian Peterson: I Don’t Believe In Gay Marriage

Adrian Peterson I  Don't Believe In Gay MarriageConsidering gay marriage is such a polarizing topic in modern American society, it’s not surprising that the media asked NFL MVP Adrian Peterson for his opinion on the matter. His answer may surprise you. The Minnesota Vikings running back simply doesn’t believe in same-sex marriage.

‘Not with it’

According to Kevin Cusick of the Pioneer Press, Peterson appeared on Sirius/XM NFL satellite radio last Thursday with Amani Toomer and Bruce Murray, who asked Peterson if he felt the Vikings cut Chris Kluwe, their former punter, for his vocal support of gay marriage.

In his response, Peterson denied that there was any underlying reason for Kluwe’s departure but did not support his stance on gay rights:

To each his own. I’m not with it. But I have relatives that, you know, are gay. I’m not biased towards them. I still treat them the same. I love them. But again, I’m not with that. That’s not something that I believe in. But to each his own.


‘Different’

Regardless of his difference of opinion, Peterson was sad to see Kluwe go and felt that he was a smart person whose company he enjoyed immensely:

“It hurt me to see him leave. He was a good friend of mine and a really cool guy, man. Probably one of the smartest guys I’ve ever been around, man…different.”

Same-sex marriage will likely be a hot-button issue that gets brought up for years to come. Peterson isn’t the first athlete to speak on the matter, and he will not be the last.

How about you — are you “with” gay marriage or not? Feel free to throw in your opinion here!

Source: Alex Kay, Bleacher Report

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