The Commercial Appeal

HOT BUTTON: GAY RIGHTS

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The U.S. Supreme Court gave a major victory to gay rights advocates last week in two 5-4 rulings that struck down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples and cleared the way for the resumption of same-sex marriage in California. Here are excerpts from online readers’ comments on a June 26 article at commercial­appeal.com that reported the decisions:

CONSERVATI­VE WROTE:

Divorce, homosexual­ity and abortion are the significan­t moral threats of our day to the traditiona­l family and by extension to our society as a whole. ...

REFLECTION WROTE:

Good decision. Not shocked it was a 5-4, though.

HEARTS WROTE:

... This is great and about-time news, and while predictabl­e that the (Justice Antonin) Scalia faction cannot see the issue here — they rarely do when it is inconvenie­nt for their doctrine— it is fantastic enough of our court gets it.

2LSJ93U5YG WROTE:

The U. S. Supreme Court has no authority to redefine marriage. There is a heavenly Supreme Court that all of us will appear before someday. God almighty has made it very clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. We disobey and disregard what God says to our own peril.

BOGEYMAN WROTE:

It’s interestin­g that the Supremes would, with one stroke of their pen, strike down a major civil right, while with another stroke establish a new one.

FRAYSERMED­IC WROTE:

I guess the Supreme Court decided that if one is an American then they should have equal rights under the law. Shocker!

AMADAMS1#214971 WROTE:

... God belongs in churches, temples and mosques, not in the government. You can’t stop equality.

DOGMAN1 WROTE:

The country is sinking faster than the Titanic.

 ?? KAREN PULFER FOCHT / THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL ?? If the hands of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojourn­alist John H. White could talk, what stories they would tell. They have traveled the world, capturing images of many great people and events of our time. White, my hero and mentor, was among the...
KAREN PULFER FOCHT / THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL If the hands of Pulitzer Prize-winning photojourn­alist John H. White could talk, what stories they would tell. They have traveled the world, capturing images of many great people and events of our time. White, my hero and mentor, was among the...

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