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President Obama is calling it a “victory for America”, describing the moment gay marriage became law across all of the US as a “justice that arrives like a thunderbolt”.

Yesterday the US Supreme Court ordered all 50 states of  America to recognise gay marriage, a landmark ruling that is sure to have repercussions all around the world.

Let’s be clear on one thing, though: it wasn’t a landslide victory –the Supreme Court vote was 5-4.

Regardless of this, the fact remains that the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution now guarantees gays and lesbians have the same right to marry as heterosexuals.

‘This morning the Supreme Court recognised that the Constitution guarantees marriage equality. In doing so, they’ve reaffirmed that all Americans are entitled to the equal protection of the law, that all people should be treated equally regardless of who they are or who they love,” said President Obama.

Older gay couples in the US received the news with shock, and a hint of disbelief. Seventy-five-year-old Bert Kubli who is married legally to 71-year-old husband Mark McElreath in Washington, told Time magazine, I assumed it might not happen.”

Meanwhile, 68-year-old Cindy Attwood from Vermont was in shock: “This is what equality feels like.”

The US has been bitterly divided over the issue of gay marriage and yesterday’s ruling is only half the battle won.

‘The Supreme Court has spoken with a very divided voice on something only the Supreme Being can do – redefine marriage,’ said Mike Huckabee, a former Arkansas governor and Baptist preacher who is running for President.

“I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat.”

Chief Justice John Roberts, who dissented from the 5-4 majority said, “Many good and decent people oppose same-sex marriage as a tenet of faith, and their freedom to exercise religion is – unlike the right imagined by the majority – actually spelled out in the Constitution.”

The historic ruling will no doubt give fresh impetus to the campaign to legalise gay marriage here in Australia, which became a hot topic in light of Ireland’s landslide referendum last month.

Ireland followed several Western European countries, including Britain, France and Spain in allowing gay marriage, which is also legal in South Africa, Brazil and Canada.

Tell us, do you think the US Supreme Court’s ruling will change attitudes – and possibly laws – here in Australia? 


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  1. Adam and Steve, nope….

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    • Kerry Packer, Kerry Stokes and I’ll be damned me Muva called me Kerry instead of Bob.. HA! Why do you have an English name Victoria…gees fancy being born in Queensland HA!

    • I can tell you the history of my name Kerry ….. as I was the third daughter (other 2 named after our grandmothers), I was called Victoria as we were coming to Australia (I actually think it’s a German name) . It’s not nice knocking gay people Kerry, they find life very difficult thanks to people with your attitude. Packer and Stokes have girls names too ….. your Mum’s must have wanted girls lol.

  2. Well we copy America with everything else why not this.Australia should have voted for it a long time ago

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    • God is the same yesterday, today and forever… Anything outside of His law is an abomination in His site…

    • A couple appropriate points worth our time to read…

      The husband and wife arrangement was intended to facilitate the divine plan for human redemption.

      The marriage relationship is the “cement” that binds society together. Professor Mark McVann describes the family arrangement as “the foundation of society itself” (p. 77). When family life unravels, national devastation is certain to follow eventually.

      It is within the marriage-blessed home that children first learn the principles of responsibility, justice, and the respect for authority.

      The warm love between husband and wife is frequently used in scripture as an apt illustration for the affection and devotion that God has for his people (cf. Ezek. 16:6ff; Eph. 5:22ff). Marriage ought to he an abiding reminder of Heaven’s love for us.

      Those who compromise God’s regulations on marriage and divorce are enemies of the cross of Christ! What a burden to bear.

  3. Marriage equality will happen in Australia but instead of leading the world we will be lagging behind

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    • Depends on whether it’s “lagging behind” or a rear guard fight to save our nation and our children from this gross corruption of humanity. Nature has written the answer in our genes as homosexuality is sterile and barren.

    • Lots of heterosexual couples are barren to John burgess so stop being such a self righteous hypercrite…

    • Today many gay couples are having children, women can be artificially inseminated and give birth to their own children and gay men are using surrogate mothers to carry children for them. Technology has advanced in leaps and bounds.

  4. It’s just about timing, it will get here same as us being a Republic, if the majority want it we’ll get it.

  5. Do American churches have to recognise and perform same-sex marriages because of this ruling ?

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    • no idea, perhaps it is choice with them, some may want to and others may not, while I support marriage equality and I am an athiest, I don’t think churches should be forced to go against their beliefs. There is always the registery office or marriage celebrants

    • I believe that the churches are able to, but not forced to conduct marriages. That’s the way it usually works. Churches can refuse to marry a couple if they want to, but as everything revolves around money, I believe they will eventually come around!

    • To me the Marriage ceremony from the bible is the true marriage act. From what I heard they want name on death certificate of partner, heard this many times now

    • Any condition can be written into a normal business partnership agreement, including distribution of assets after the death of a partner.

    • Churches can do what they like. Most same-sex marriages probably don’t take place in them anyway. In fact a lot of marriages these day don’t take place in them

    • Christian Porter wants to put some provisions in the legislation to extinguish any possibility of churches being sued for opting out. Very sensible under the current circumstances of rampant litigation.

  6. Who cares . Let’s continue to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic . For all of you that have your head in the sand for all these years , the Titanic was a ship that sank over 100 years ago . We as humans have more important things to do than waste time and effort on gay marriage. As mentioned at the beginning WHO CARES

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    • It’s OK if you have other things to think about, Amber Payne, but you know that TENS OF THOUSANDS of people in Australia are waiting for their human rights, ie Marriage Equality, in order to make their love feel validated.

    • You as an individual are a free spirit . If you happen to be gay or lesbian , go ahead do as you please . As I said who cares . I ask do you care what I believe or do ?? You don’t need the approval of the masses.

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