In an announcement fraught with social, legal and political implications, Mr. Bush urged Congress to act on the amendment quickly and send it on to the state legislatures. Quick action is essential, he said, to bring clarity to the law and protect husband-and-wife marriages from a few "activist judges. Kerry of Massachusetts, the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, called an attempt to find "a wedge issue to divide the American people.
Dennis Richardson's remarks on morality of being gay draw criticism from predecessor
Blacks, Gays And The Church: A Complex Relationship : NPR
Nina Totenberg. The justices of the U. Supreme Court seemed closely divided Tuesday over the question of gay marriage, with Justice Anthony Kennedy likely holding the deciding vote. Kennedy, who over the past two decades has written the court's three decisions recognizing and expanding gay rights, seemed conflicted on the question of marriage. He was tough on gay-marriage advocates, declaring that the definition of marriage as between as man and a woman "has been with us for millennia, and it's very difficult for the court to say, oh well, we know better. But when the lawyers defending state bans on gay marriage argued that there is no "dignitary" value in marriage, Kennedy bristled.
Justices Deeply Divided Over Same-Sex-Marriage Arguments
Hollingsworth v. Perry was a series of United States federal court cases that legalized same-sex marriage in the state of California. The case began in in the U. District Court for the Northern District of California , which found that banning same-sex marriage violates equal protection under the law. This decision overturned ballot initiative Proposition 8 , which had banned same-sex marriage.
Corey Dade. Fairly or not, African-Americans have become the public face of resistance to same-sex marriage, owing to their religious beliefs and the outspoken opposition of many black pastors. Yet the presence of gays and lesbians in black churches is common.