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June 27, 2013

Court rulings bolster same-sex marriage


The New Yorkers Family Research Foundation said it was disappointed the justices knocked out DOMA.

“The public purpose of marriage is to bring men and women together to create stable, intact family structures in which each child can be raised by her own mother and father,” said the group’s president, Rev. Jason J. McGuire. “ That purpose is hindered — not furthered — by same-sex ‘marriage.’ ”

Nathan M. Schaef, the executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, called the rulings “historic” and underscore what he called steady progress in gay rights advances that have taken place since 2003, when the high court invalidated state laws criminalizing sodomy.

“We look forward to the day when this issue is put to rest for all Americans and marriage equality is secured across the entire country,” Schaefer said.

In the DOMA case, Justice Kennedy held that the court was not weighing in on whether same sex marriage is protected by the Constitution.

However, one of the court’s most conservative members, Justice Antonin Scalia, dissented from that viewpoint, opining that he believes the court is headed in the direction of striking down state bans on same sex marriage.

“No one should be fooled,” Scalia opined. “It is just a matter of listening and waiting for the other shoe to drop.”

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