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Published: Wednesday, June 26 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Salt Lake City, UT

Government gives a "right" or "status" that nature has not -- the ability to create a "family."

Salt Lake City, UT

Marriage is about two people make a life commitment to each other. Some have children, some adopt, some are childless.

It's none of your religion's business.

DOMA: good riddance to bad rubbish.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Excellent decision. As it should be.

Happy Valley Heretic
Orem, UT

I'm sure the elderly and infertile, appreciate your "civility" that invalidates their relationship because procreation is what binds a couple together instead of love.

They made the only decision they could in a country that doesn't need a version of sharia law to govern.


This is wonderful news!! Now waiting for the Prop 8 decision.

CHS 85
Sandy, UT


I guess my heterosexual marriage isn't worthwhile in your view since we could not conceive. I thought two people in love, committed to each other, and sharing a life was considered a "family." I guess I was wrong.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

After yesterday's horrible decision, they made a great one today.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Prop 8 appears to be done as well!

CHS 85
Sandy, UT

"we have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation."

But apparently the Voting Rights Act is fair game.

Salt Lake City, UT

Yay!! A great day for equal rights!

Riverton Cougar
Riverton, UT

Anyone who has read "The Family; A Proclamation to the World" knows that this is NOT good news. Read especially the last paragraph. This is NOT good news.

Riverside, CA

Welcome to the rule of judges in California.

Salt Lake City, UT

Prop 8 is gone too which means same sex marriages can start again in California. All that money spent to stop equality. What a pity, it could have been spent to help the needy.


Hurrah! The witch of DOMA is dead!

Prop 8 was dismissed due to lack of standing. It will be interesting to see how the implications of both these decisions play out.

Park City, Ut

and to think, all the money, time energy spent to fight Prop 8 could have been put to good use... I don't know, maybe feeding the poor? Ministering to the sick? You know, things that Jesus would have done?

Salt Lake City, UT

SoCalChris: "Welcome to the rule of judges in California."


Welcome to the end of a majority being able to vote away the civil rights of a minority.

Bountiful, UT

Happy Day! Especially thrilled for my dear gay friends and their partners, and my beloved gay son and his partner. Congratulations!


By a 5-4 vote, the justices held in Hollingsworth v. Perry that the traditional marriage activists who put Proposition 8 on California ballots in 2008 did not have the constitutional authority, or standing, to defend the law in federal courts after the state refused to appeal its loss at trial.

“We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to,” Chief Justice John Roberts wrote in the majority opinion. “We decline to do so for the first time here.”

Roberts was joined in his majority opinion by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagan. Justice Anthony Kennedy filed a dissenting opinion, joined by Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Sonia Sotomayor.


What a great day. The sun is shining in Ohio. So very happy right now. I just congratulated my co-worker. She and her wife are married under DC law and are raising a son together. Today their family is finally recognized by our federal government.

I also proudly display the Proclamation in my family's living room. There is no conflict between heterosexual and homosexual marriages. Both strengthen each other. This is a great day for all families.

Tyler D
Meridian, ID

If anyone needs further proof of the hypocrisy of the so-called “constitutionalists” on the SC, this case should put to rest any further discussion.

The four dissenters have long been champions of States rights and have made careers out of checking Federal power – I guess all that goes right out the window when the Federal government wants to forbid something (beyond their enumerated powers) that either goes against these justices’ religion or that they just think is “yucky.”

What little respect I had for Roberts after the ACA ruling is now gone as he and his three ideologues have revealed themselves to be agenda driven dictators.

As flawed as Libertarianism is as a modern governing philosophy, at least it is a consistent ideology that can be squared with the Constitution - and the only champion it has on the SC today is Justice Kennedy.

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