Reactions to Gay Marriage Rulings from the White House to the Twittersphere and Beyond!

From Obama's statement earlier after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional: "The laws of our land are catching up to the fundamental truth that millions of Americans hold in our hearts: when all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free."


The Rev. Sarah Halverson, who is officiating a marriage ceremony at this evening's 6:30 OC LGBT community rally at the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana: "God is rejoicing in this victory for love! Let the wedding bells ring!"

The reaction from the congresswoman's sister, Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Garden Grove): "The two Supreme Court rulings today on same-sex marriage are a significant step forward in allowing all couples who wish to marry, the right to do so. Because of this ruling, Proposition 8 is null and void, returning marriage equality to the great state of California. I am proud of the court's decision to uphold what the majority of Californians have long believed to be right. While there is still a ways to go toward allowing all couples throughout the United States the right to marry whom they love, the Court's decision today to strike down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) makes it clear that same sex couples will not be treated like second class citizens. We will not stop until all Americans are treated equally under the law."

And now for something completely different from Anaheim-based Traditional Values Coalition founder and chairman Rev. Louis P. Sheldon and his daughter and TVC president Andrea Lafferty: "Some days our civilization erodes slightly in feet and inches, other days it drops a mile at a time. Today is one of those days when our culture's decline is widely felt. The climate in America has changed because America has become a blur. Our government is a scandal-ridden, ominous force operating outside the U.S. Constitution. There is no long any 'Unum' to which the many can rally. Justice Scalia's great dissent on DOMA today needs to be preserved for that day in the future when the real impact of this decision is felt, that day when perhaps another generation assesses who spoke up and what was done when a great darkness began to overtake our country. On Proposition 8--where the 7 million voters of California who voted to protect marriage now have a great deal of work to do--37 other states now have ironclad protections when it comes to defending the institution of marriage at the state level. We welcome the public debate, and look forward to the day when the right of all children to a mother and a father are respected."

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