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Gay Marriage Is Now Legal in the United States: Supreme Court Rules for Equality, 5-4

| June 26, 2015

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A kiss for the millennium. (Elbert Barnes)

The United States Supreme Court this morning declared gay marriage legal across the United States in a 5-4 decision authored by conservative Justice Anthony Kennedy. The ruling takes effect immediately.

The case, Obergefell v. Hodges, raised two questions, as summarized by Scotus Blog: 1) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? 2) Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state?

The court answered yes to both questions in a decision that now ranks with Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional, as one of the last two generations’ most historic advances for civil rights.

“It is now clear that the challenged laws burden the liberty of same-sex couples, and it must be further acknowledged that they abridge central precepts of equality, ” Kennedy wrote. “Especially against a long history of disapproval of their relationships, this denial to same-sex couples of the right to marry works a grave and continuing harm. The imposition of this disability on gays and lesbians serves to disrespect and subordinate them. And the Equal Protection Clause, like the Due Process Clause, prohibits this unjustified infringement of the fundamental right to marry.”

The ruling concludes: “No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death. It would misunderstand these men and women to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that they do respect it, respect it so deeply that they seek to find its fulfillment for themselves. Their hope is not to be condemned to live in loneliness, excluded from one of civilization’s oldest institutions. They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law. The Constitution grants them that right.”

Kennedy was joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonya Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Chief Justice John Roberts dissented, as did Justices Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito. Each of the four dissenters filed a dissent.

Obergefell obama

Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff in the gay marriage case, was stunned to receive a congratulatory phone call from President Obama, which was captured by CNN.

Jim Obergefell, the lead plaintiff whose name will now be always attached to the decision, was live on CNN when he got a call from President Obama on his cell phone at 11:06 a.m. “Jim,” the president said, “I figured when I saw you that we were going to be hoping for some good news and wee did. I just wanted to say congratulations. You know, your leadership on this changed the country.”

“I really appreciate that Mr. President,” Obergefell replied. “It’s really been an honor for me to be involved in this fight and to have been able to, you know, fight for my marriage and live up to my commitments to my husband. So I appreciate everything you’ve done for the LGBT community and it’s really an honor to have become part of that fight.”

“Well, I’m really proud of you,” the president said, “and just know that not only have you been a great example for people but you’re also going to bring about a lasting change in this country. It’s pretty rare when that happen, so I couldn’t be prouder of you and your husband. God bless you.”

Moments later Obama spoke to the nation. “Today we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect,” he said. Toward the end of a speech marked by his deliberately halting delivery of phrases harnessed to a momentously historic moment, he appeared less guarded and more emotional. “That’s the consequence of the decision from the Supreme Court. But more importantly, it is a consequence of the countless small acts of courage of millions of people across decades who stood up, who came out, and talked to parents, parents who loved their children no matter what. Folks who were willing to endure bullying and taunts. What a vindication of the belief that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. What a reminder of what Bobby Kennedy once said about how small actions can be like pebbles being thrown into a still lake, ripples of hope cascade outwards and change the world. Those countless, often anonymous heroes, they deserve our thanks. They should be very proud. America should be very proud.”

Roberts, who read his dissent from the bench–the first time he has ever done so–ended his 31-page opinion with bitter words: “If you are among the many Americans–of whatever sexual orientation–who favor expanding same-sex marriage, by all means celebrate today’s decision. Celebrate the achievement of a desired goal. Celebrate the opportunity for a new expression of commitment to a partner. Celebrate the availability of new benefits. But do not Celebrate the Constitution. It had nothing to do with it.”

“There is dignity in the bond between two men or two women who seek to marry and in their autonomy to make such profound choices.”
–Justice Kennedy.

Roberts was begrudging process more than whether gay marriage is just or not. At the top of his decision, he wrote: “The people of a State are free to expand marriage to include same-sex couples, or to retain the historic definition. Today, however, the Court takes the extraordinary step of ordering every State to license and recognize same-sex marriage. Many people will rejoice at this decision, and I begrudge none their celebration. But for those who believe in a government of laws, not of men, the majority’s approach is deeply disheartening. Supporters of same-sex marriage have achieved considerable success persuading their fellow citizens—through the democratic process—to adopt their view. That ends today. Five lawyers have closed the debate and enacted their own vision of marriage as a matter of constitutional law. Stealing this issue from the people will for many cast a cloud over same-sex marriage, making a dramatic social change that much more difficult to accept.”

Acceptance, however, is broad across the United States. While just 10 years ago overwhelming majorities of Americans opposed same-sex unions and showed their disapproval at the polls through numerous amendments to their state constitutions, including in Florida in 2008, a shift began, in 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage–through a court decision, not a legislative one. That decision began an extraordinarily rapid shift in the country that has since led two-thirds of states to legalize gay marriage, either through court decisions or the legislative process, while popular approval for gay marriage has shifted to majority approval. The shift, its depth and manner, belie the chief justice’s assertion that courts should not have played a role.

Scalia, like his fellow-dissenters a Catholic who’s long opposed gay marriage in principle, leveled a broadside at Kennedy in a footnote: “If, even as the price to be paid for a fifth vote, I ever joined an opinion for the Court that began: ‘The Constitution promises liberty to all within its reach, a liberty that includes certain specific rights that allow persons, within a lawful realm, to define and express their identity,’ I would hide my head in a bag. The Supreme Court of the United States has descended from the disciplined legal reasoning of John Marshall and Joseph Story to the mystical aphorisms of the fortune cookie.”

Reactions poured in quickly.

“We’re getting lots of comments from all over the country where courts and clerk’s offices are now performing same sex marriage,” one of the authors of Scotus Blog, first to report the ruling, reported at 10:51 a.m.

“This is an historic win for couples in Florida and across the country,” ACLU of Florida Executive Director Howard Simon said in a statement. “Six months ago, the freedom for all to marry was secured in Florida when a federal judge issued a ruling in our case that struck down Florida’s ban on marriages for couples of the same sex. Today’s historic ruling means that victory – and similar court victories across the country — will stand and that the remaining states will all be barred from refusing to issue marriage license to loving and committed same-sex couples. The Supreme Court has affirmed what a majority of Floridians and indeed all Americans have come to understand: that the freedom to marry is a precious and fundamental right that we all share under the Constitution, and that no family should be denied that. We are proud of our colleagues from the two ACLU lawsuits that were among the cases that brought about this decision. But more importantly, we are thrilled for the hundreds of thousands of couples and their families for whom this victory has been decades in the making.”

The Gay Marriage Decision, 2015

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133 Responses for “Gay Marriage Is Now Legal in the United States: Supreme Court Rules for Equality, 5-4”

  1. groot says:

    Whatever, have to say ick tho.

  2. Johnny Taxpayer says:

    Without expressing an opinion either way to todays ruling, or yesterdays, I can’t help but notice the irony included in the Chief Justice’s dissent today, given what he did yesterday while writing for the majority. “But this Court is not a legislature. Whether same-sex marriage is a good idea should be of no concern to us. Under the Constitution, judges have power to say what the law is, not what it should be. ” Yet, yesterday specifically because he and colleagues knew Congress could not fix the language in Obama Care, (because they don’t have the votes to) he decided to give new meaning to words and thus decided what the law should have been, rather than what it was.

  3. Knightwatch says:

    Yesss… freedom prevails! You can love who you wish and marry who you wish. SCOTUS and America got it right. Those on the religious right can follow their conscience(s), but for the rest of America, you get to live your life as you see fit.

    • Preston says:

      Will they be opening a new store in that Palm Harbor Shopping Center called : “ Queers-R-Us “ ?

      • NortonSmitty says:

        Suer thing! I’ll be right next to the “Idiots-R-U” out;let.

      • YankeeExPat says:

        Florida is a “Right to Work State” so what if an Entrepreneur did? Sounds like you don’t like Capitalism so much; you wouldn’t be a Communista would you?

  4. Ben Dover says:

    I bet this puts the religious right wing loonies into a swoon.

  5. Obama 2015 says:

    [Selected as the Comment of the Day in the Weekend Briefing–FL]

    Great news. This is what the American Dream is about.

    With the average wedding costing $27,000 now I hope all these same sex couples come to Florida to be married and help our boost our economy and enjoy what our beautiful state has to offer. If I was Flagler County I would be working on a campaign to attract this business.

    Congrats to all my brothers and Sisters and welcome to the Club.

  6. a tasty bacon sidedish says:

    Those of you that are disgusted by yesterday’s obamacare ruling and today’s upholding of the legality of same-sex marriage, there is hope: Uganda made homosexuality a crime that draws a sentence of 14 years to life and has almost no viable healthcare for the poor. It truly is a nation that’s embraced the power of the free market, so my advice is to look in to emigrating there. The only downfall I can imagine for you is that it’s populated by black people, which might go against your closely-held conservative values.

  7. The Pumping Padre says:

    Oh goody now I can become a bride of Jesus.

  8. a tasty bacon sidedish says:

    Justice Thomas: enjoying the benefits of the 14th amendment while arguing that it should apply to others.

    • Nancy N says:

      The irony of a man in an interracial marriage writing a court opinion denying the same marriage equality to others is absolutely mind blowing…I got mine, screw you taken to an epic level.

  9. Mark says:

    Isn’t that sweet; now for the unintended consequences.

  10. a tasty bacon sidedish says:

    Oh my goodness, the dissents are wonderful. I can only imagine how many shades of red Scalia turned while frothing out his, and some of the statements made in Roberts’ dissent are pure comedy gold. Apparently Justice Scalia thinks that gay marriage is a threat to American democracy, and Thomas, well, considering the company he likes to keep his opinion only counts as 3/5 that of any other justice.

  11. Sherry E says:

    Hooray! Finally, some justice from the Supreme court. . . Amazing!

    Tasty. . . loving your sense of humor! LOL! A Day to Celebrate Freedom!

  12. LMB says:

    So Mark, what would those unintended consequences be now that same-sex couples can enjoy the *same exact benefits* typically reserved for married heterosexual couples? Perhaps an improved economy? Such a terrible consequence!

  13. Ron R. says:

    That noise you hear is the sound of ultra-conservative heads exploding.

  14. YankeeExPat says:

    Dear Reverend Pat Robertson;

    Well, the water in the pool didn’t turn red, no swarms of locust on Palm Coast Pkwy, although I did see three frogs in the driveway this morning…..hmmmm. Overall I think we are going to be O.K.

    Just as Good of a Hetero Christian as you

  15. Nancy N says:

    Ron R, a few liberal heads are exploding too.

    Can you believe a Supreme Court Justice – a black one no less – wrote these sentences:

    “Slaves did not lose their dignity (any more than they lost their humanity) because the government allowed them to be enslaved. Those held in internment camps did not lose their dignity because the government confined them”?

    APPALLING. Terrifying.

  16. Allen says:

    Well congratulations to all the fags and queers, you finally won. Why not just abolish Congress, 9 supreme’s can do what 535 members of Congress won’t do and for much less money. We could save a lot of time and money, we just need two branches of government anyway. While were at it, why not abolish all state governments too, think of all the money that could be saved and given to the freeloaders, let the feds run everything, just no need for state governments. Next up on the agenda, let’s move onto polygamy, then pedophilia and last but not least, beastality, after all, animals got rights too.

  17. Patriot76 says:

    Allen, I’d hate to know what it would be like to beat you in a board game with that mentality of yours…

    Don’t go away mad… Just go away.

    Liberty loving people everywhere should rejoice that The Constitution continues to protect our inalienable rights… Especially in the face of state led impositions and adversity

  18. Patriot76 says:

    Also I am a hetero Christian and a classic conservative – which means I follow the Constitution strictly. The ruling today followed that document correctly

  19. Clancy says:

    Oh look its Sodom & Gomorah . Will they order a wedding cake from “If your gay go away” web site ? I get my kicks ABOVE the waist, Sunshine !!!!

  20. a tasty bacon sidedish says:

    Ahaha more republican tears

  21. Commom Sense says:

    Notice how Alien immediately descends into name calling.

    It has definitely been a bad week for the RRR.

  22. rick says:

    I for one am glad this issue is finally resolved. I have always felt gay/lesbian couples have the same right to be miserable like the rest of us. ;)

  23. James says:

    Well……I have my own opinion on this, but after reading all the comments I think our country has a bigger problem. It doesn’t matter if your Democrat or Republican, straight or gay, you all sound like a bunch of idiots.

  24. w.ryan says:

    Let freedom ring!!!

  25. Knightwatch says:

    It’s a great week for America, and a bad one for conservatives. Oh, same thing.

  26. Lancer says:

    If only this ended it. It will not. There will now be an all out assault on religious freedom. Anyone who opposes to not conduct business, because of their religious beliefs which are opposed to homosexuality, will need to lawyer up. Never mind that no one’s liberty or life is threatened and there will be and are other establishments to frequent…acceptance, through threat of force is the goal.

    It’s already happened in Colorado, its about to start all over the country. Welcome to the USSA where statutory law is dead and common law just met its demise…its now a country dominated by emotional sways. This is a trial lawyer’s dream.

    Everything that’s offensive, to the left, will be removed and changed. There is no longer the rule of law, its now just a court of opinions where one’s emotions matter more.

    Grab some popcorn…watching the inevitable slide is going to be fun…kind of like a drunken three stooges. They have too many groups to placate without devouring one another.

  27. Lancer says:

    If only this ended it. It will not. There will now be an all out assault on religious freedom. The next target? The catholic church. (The cowards certainly won’t go after Muslims.) Anyone who opposes to not conduct business, because of their religious beliefs which are opposed to homosexuality, will need to lawyer up. Never mind that no one’s liberty or life is threatened and there will be and are other establishments to frequent…acceptance, through threat of force is the goal.

    It’s already happened in Colorado, its about to start all over the country. Welcome to the USSA where statutory law died yesterday and common law just met its demise…its now a country dominated by emotional sways. This is a trial lawyer’s dream.

    Everything that’s offensive, to the left, will be removed and changed. There is no longer the rule of law, its now just a court of opinions where one’s emotions matter more.

    Grab some popcorn…watching the inevitable slide is going to be fun…kind of like a drunken three stooges. They have too many groups to placate without devouring one another.

    • a tasty bacon sidedish says:

      So lancer are you going to give up that sweet social security and medicare because they are social programs, or are you only mad about the ones that apply to poor people?

      • Lancer says:

        I tell you what, tasty…go ahead and cut me a check for what I’ve had, forcibly removed, from my hard earned labor for these social programs and would, absolutely, opt out.

        I can get better returns, easily, through different platforms.

  28. Robert L says:

    Hey, FlaglerLive, you could have least published a picture of two Hot Babes instead of these two gays (I mean “guys”). I guess we now know the true, softer side of Patricia (I mean Pierre) T. Just a thought.

    • Bob says:

      That photo of two guys swapping spit nauseated me! And if you are straight and that photo does not bother you, then you are a pervert and please stay away from my grandchildren!

      • Nancy N says:

        All I see looking at that picture is a wonderful expression of love between two people. The fact that you can’t look at it without your imagination apparently running away with you says something about you, not their behavior. You’re right – something is perverted here, but it’s not the men kissing.

        • Bob says:

          No imagination, just plain abnormal behavior. If you believe that is normal then you are sick. I have no problem with gays as long as they do it in private.

      • Flatsflyer says:

        Bob, check it out, you might find out that one or more of your Grand Children are Gay? What do you do then, you can shoot them, blame God for creating them, blame your daughter / daughter in law for having them or yourself for having kids in the first place. Sounds to me that you should have never had kids in the first place, too much hate, not enough tolerance and love.

        • Bob says:

          I have 5 children, none gay, and 12 grandchildren, too young so one could be gay. If so, I would still love and accept them. But I still don’t approve of gays getting married.

  29. Bob says:

    [Fact-check: Flagler County voted for Obama against McCain in 2008, 50.9 percent to 48.4 percent, but voted for Romney against Obama in 2012, 53.3 percent to 45.9 percent.–FL]

    After reading all these comments I’m convinced Palm Coast is a den of mostly liberals who have elected the moron in the WH twice. Average IQ of Palm Coast resident ………. Around 70! After you explain sex by a straight ( normal) couple to your children, good luck describing it between two men. But don’t worry, the liberal school system will show them videos in about 3rd grade.

    • Nancy N says:

      Sorry to burst your bubble Bob but the two voting age adults in this house are both eligible for MENSA membership, and both supported Obama in the last two elections.

      And why exactly are you so hung up on describing sex to kids? Marriage – gay or straight – isn’t all about sex. Some boys want to marry girls…and some want to marry boys. Some girls want to marry boys…and some girls want to marry girls. Because they love them. End of story.

  30. LMB says:

    Allen and Bob – Keep regurgitating those dense slippery-slope arguments, we’re not listening. Those of us who aren’t bathing in willful ignorance are aware that marriage is a CONSENSUAL CONTRACT between CONSENTING ADULTS. Children, animals, and inanimate objects are not even remotely capable of consent. The keyword here is CONSENT.

    While I am at it, let me point out to you a number of countries that have legalized same-sex marriage and have yet to crumble in this fire-and-brimstone nightmare scenario you envision:

    Argentina — 2010
    Belgium — 2003
    Brazil — 2013
    Canada — 2005
    Denmark — 2012
    England (UK) — 2013
    Finland — 2015
    France — 2013
    French Guiana — 2013
    Greenland — 2015
    Iceland — 2010
    Ireland — 2015
    Luxembourg — 2014
    Mexico — 2015*
    The Netherlands — 2000
    New Zealand — 2013
    Norway — 2009
    Portugal — 2010
    Scotland (UK) — 2014
    South Africa — 2006
    Spain — 2005
    Sweden — 2009
    United States — 2015
    Uruguay — 2013
    Wales (UK) — 2013

  31. NortonSmitty says:

    The second happiest people in the country right now? Divorce Lawyers.

  32. Catherine says:

    #lovewins! and so do the rights of all!

  33. Jon says:

    I hope they will allow poligamy soon….or polymory.

    • Bob says:

      That’s next!

    • Nancy N says:

      Polyamory is legal now since it doesn’t involve marriage or the government in any way. In fact, a lot of politicians are already practicing it – just read the papers LOL

      Did you ever notice that it’s always men with two wives in polygamy? No woman is dumb enough to take on two husbands. That’s way too much work. Heh.

  34. Gia says:

    Now the USA as no moral, this is disgrace, degradation, trash, disgusting.

  35. Kevin says:

    Bob & Allen: the great thing about America is that you have the right to your religious beliefs however different they are than my Christianity but please don’t confuse our religious rights… The law does not require a faith to allow gender neutral marriage within their religous pervue only government sanctioned marriage licenses. The Catholic Church can restrict their sacrament of marriage any way they choose however, religious dogma cannot be permitted to extend to the secular realm. You may not decide as a pharmacist that because of your Catholocism you will not fill a contraceptive prescription or as a landlord refuse to rent or sell your home to a divorced person or as a florist or restaurant owner refuse to serve a gay couple. The other great thing about America is that folks of narrow mind and insecure self worth are a shrinking populace. America is getting better every day!

    • Bob says:

      America getting better every day for those on the government dole. Otherwise it has declined since the usurper took office. We have lost all respect with the rest of the world.

      • Obama 2015 says:

        Bush was president , people you like said.. WHO cares about the rest of the world!

        • Bob says:

          Your response doesn’t make sense. Obama is a lame duck, time to change your name to Hillary 2016.

          • Obama 2015 says:

            I’m not voting for Hillary. I am actually supporting Bernie Sanders.

            The GOP stated many times that we shouldn’t care about the respect of the rest of the world. Now with Obama you’re worried about it.

            Here is proof we haven’t lost any respect but gained it all over the world.


            Germany with Bush 14% Today 73%

            China with Bush 34% Today 44%

            Japan with bush 25% today 66%

            UK with Bush 16% Today 76%

            Facts= kryptonite for the GOP and their sheep.

            • Bob says:

              I guess you are in the no income tax category because Sanders wants to raise the tax rate to 90%.

              • Obama 2015 says:

                He wants taxes back to the same way it was in the 1950s when Republican president Dwight D. Eisenhower set the tax rates. This is so the 1% pay their fair share.

                The top marginal tax rate, that paid by the wealthiest Americans, was around 90 percent under Eisenhower — it was actually 92 percent in the 1950s. Today, the top marginal tax rate is 39.6 percent, although the richest 1 percent end up paying less than that on average and the average rate actually fell for many years.

                Republicans have consistently claimed that higher tax rates on the wealthy will hold back economic growth, while lowering rates further will spur it forward.

                But that’s not likely the case. Last year, economists found that the point at which the top tax rate is high enough to maximize government revenues but not so high that it discourages the rich from trying to earn more is quite high: about 95 percent for the 1 percent. History bears that out. Economists have pointed out that post-war American growth has been higher during periods with much higher top marginal tax rates and lower when tax rates were substantially lower. When the top rate was more than 90 percent in the 50s, economic growth averaged more than 4 percent a year. But recently when the top rate has been closer to 35 percent, growth has been less than 2 percent a year on average.

                Full story.


  36. a tasty bacon sidedish says:

    Checked this morning and I’m still straight and still married. How long is this gay marriage stuff supposed to take before it destroys traditional marriage again?

  37. theevoice says:

    as our country continues to circle the drain!!!

  38. Commom Sense says:

    If only there was a country without gays, blacks, hispanics, foreigners of any kind, non-believers that we could ask some of you to move to. We would be so much happier. Oh, wait there is no such a place.

    Shame on those of you who name call and would deny others their civil rights.

    • Allen says:

      Common Sense (an oxymoron),

      Did you read or hear any of the descending opinions? Justice Roberts questioned the legality of this ruling. At lease one of the female justices (maybe two of them) had performed gay weddings and she or they should have reclused herself/themselves. The court has clearly invented law out of thin air.

      What will happen next? Will priest and other clergy be sent to jail for refusing to marry gays? Already, bakers have been put out of business for refusing to make a wedding cake for a gay marriage. The gays deliberately seek out businesses who they know are religious to put them out of business. What about their civil rights? The gays are not satisfied with just winning, they want to ram this down the throats (no pun intended) of people with strong religious convictions. This is an attack on religion.

      This issue won’t go away just like Roe v. Wade has not gone away.

      • Nancy N says:

        Several of the dissenting justices in this case have also expressed prior (quite hateful) opinions about the legality and desirability of gay marriage. Why aren’t you calling for them to recuse themselves? Oh right…it’s only an issue if the person’s opinion is different than yours. #GOPrules

        Sorry to get in the way of your political fear-mongering but no, clergy will not be jailed for refusing to perform same sex marriages. It’s settled law that the government cannot force clergy to marry anyone, or allow them to use their church, and they exercise that right everyday.

        It’s disingenuous of anyone on the right to complain about economic boycotts for social purposes, since it was the right’s Moral Majority that invented them back in the 1980’s. But now, when they are being used against things that the right supports, they cry foul? #GOPrules again – do as I say, not as I do. Sorry, the game isn’t played that way. What’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

        Not-so-subtle bigotry is encoded all over your writing. You use the term “the gays” as if these are inanimate objects, not people, under discussion. You unnecessarily turn the term “ram down the throats” into a graphic piece of sexual imagery, showing us you can’t even think of gay people without thinking of their bedroom activities. That reveals your hang-ups, not anything about gay people.

        I know many good very religious people who support same sex marriage. This isn’t an attack on religion. This is an attack on bigots hiding behind their religion for cover.

        It’s also a national test of how much we actually believe in our amazing Constitution that everyone, especially the far right, waves around and claims to venerate but really doesn’t understand. These are the moments that we show what we are made of as a country – but not for the reasons that you think.

        I’m not dumb enough to think anything I’ve said will change your narrow mind Allen but at least now maybe you know the correct words “dissent” and “recuse” to use when discussing the Supreme Court.

      • airgarcia says:

        religion is an attack on humanity. there isnt a bigger cause of death, destruction and war on this planet than religion.

      • Obama 2015 says:

        NO one is going to be sent to jail for not doing a wedding. Religion freedom is still allowed in the United States. What you can’t do is impose your beliefs on someone else because your God said so.

        Also any smart businessperson would have refused in a civil way to make a cake for a gay couple. I turn down jobs all the time because the client is giving me a bad vibe or the job is just too difficult to make money for the effort. That bakery failed because if failed to realize the customer is always right. All they had to do is call another bakery and say they had a request they couldn’t fulfill and the cake would have been made.

        I wasn’t able to get married where I wanted because I wasn’t a member of that church. I had the check ready and the date picked out but they refused. I moved on to another place and they did much more for less money.

        Question though.

        Is ok for a Muslim business not to serve you because you have the star of david around your neck? I mean having that star around your neck is just jamming a belief down a throat.

    • Staying Neutral says:

      They’re starting one now. This little group called ISIS is well on its way to starting a conservative dreamland. A religious zealot’s paradise. Where men are in charge and women are doing whatever they’re told. As long as one touts the (interpreted) laws of Islam, free speech abounds.

      And they ain’t gonna have none of this disgusting man on man nonsense…

      They had a paradise before. It was called Afghanistan and they called themselves The Taliban. Everything was going great until those pesky Americans showed up with guns and bombs and ruined it. And it was going so well for everybody.

      Nothing makes your day like watching a heretic beheaded at half-time during a local soccer game.

  39. M&M says:

    Stand in line if you want to kiss the bride.

  40. Commom Sense says:

    No, this is not an attack on religion. This is about legal marriage. How arrogant to think your religious beliefs trump anyone else’s civil rights. My religious beliefs are different from yours, what makes yours more important?

    This ruling doesn’t impact my marriage or my life in anyway. I don’t want to control other people’s lives, why do you?

    As someone else said above, the good thing is that people like you are in the minority and we move on in spite of you.

  41. Bob says:

    There are 16 verses in the bible that say man shall not lay with another man, it is an abomination . The Supreme Court has overruled God!

    • Obama 2015 says:

      The Bible doesn’t govern the United States of America.. If you forgot the 1st amendment written September 25, 1789…

      Prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

      So your God has no say in my country’s laws . it can only make suggestions and you can freely post them here.

    • Staying Neutral says:

      I’m not sure what the actual rules of certain religions are, they seem to change depending on the incident.

      Aren’t Christians suppose to accept people for who and how they are?

      Isn’t God the ultimate judge on all of this?

    • airgarcia says:

      god has no place in govt. If he does then he can start paying taxes.


  42. Kevin says:

    The Ayatollah Bob has spoken. Take your religion and practice it but don’t force it upon the rest of our free society who want to be free of your interpretations of whatever you profess. I don’t interpret the Bible as you do while others follow a different teaching or none at all. The US of A is not a Calaphate run by Isis thank Roger Williams so don’t try and turn it into one with your blind faith. We are free OF religion as you are free to practice your religion as long as it does not infringe on the Constitutionally guaranteed liberties of others. If you want to own a business you adhere to the non-discrimination laws, period. While Ayatollah Huckeby might think you can claim conscientious objector status and not provide services to a gay couple, as long as you are willing to pay the price of fines, jail and loss of government licenses to maintain your business then I suppose you have every right to prove your principle and pay the price.

    • Allen says:


      That’s the point, this is an attack on religions. Gays are deliberately seeking out businesses to destroy them because of their religious beliefs. It’s not enough for them to be able to marry, they want to destroy religion. They have already started by attacking a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for their wedding even thought there are dozens of other bakers who would be happy to bake them a wedding cake. The baker stated he had no problem selling them donuts, cookies, bread, whatever he had for sale in his bakery, he just didn’t want to bake them a wedding cake. Same thing has happened with photographers, florists, wedding planners, etc. The gays are on the hunt to seek those with strong religious view out and destroy their businesses and lives. Where is the justice in that? After they have succeeded in destroying these people, I predict they will eventually move on to churches. First they will attack social services and charities run by the churches, eventually they will demand that priests, ministers and rabies marry them. It’s just a matter of time.

  43. Jen says:

    Ok Palm Coasters I know most of you are all collecting social security and don’t understand love but here is a cold hard fact for all of you thinking that us gay, lesbian, or transgender PEOPLE are out to attack your religious rights. WE DON’T CARE!!! There I said it!!! All we want is the same rights as everyone else….point blank that is it….I know its hard to understand but life goes on!!!! I married my wife on 3-14-15 and let me tell you it was the happiest day of my life!!! This weekend we will be trying for a child……OH GOD LETS SEE WHO COMMENTS ON THAT ONE!!!! Oh and all those rights we just got allows me to see my kid if he or she is in the ICU or if there is a choice that needs to be made god for bid something happens to my wife!!!! If I need to do anything with legal paperwork or benefits!! I know that you don’t understand these simple things because you haven’t ever had to live without the ability to have those rights but I have and a lot of us have!!! Believe it or not there are a lot of gay and lesbian PEOPLE in Palm Coast!! We don’t try and convert your kids, or shove anything down anyone’s throat!! If anything I had to explain to those religious folks ringing my door bell that I don’t want to go to a church that tells me I am going to hell for loving my wife!!! I can’t believe that GOD made us have these feelings that won’t go away just so the devil could rack up souls in hell!!!! Most of us actually just want to be left alone to have our own families and live semi normal lives!!! Now I will be the first to apologize if the end of mankind comes out of us getting equal rights however, despite what some may think it hasn’t happened yet!!! As far as businesses serving us are concerned hey I’d rather you put a sign up that says ” No Gays Allowed” so I don’t waste my money!! My wife and I have encountered more discrimination since Florida approved gay marriage then at any other time however, I will not turn my back when you need my help since I am a public service worker, I will not hate you for hating who I love, I will not hate the businesses that want to turn us away, and I will not let any other posts effect those choices!!! I also will not tolerate being told I have to hide who I am to make you feel more comfortable!! I was once told that I was no better than a serial killer and now I see on here stuff about a pedophile!! Well I am here to tell you that I protect children, and their families regardless of what they think of me and I will continue to do so because regardless of what some people think I fought for the rights in this country for 8 wonderful years in the U.S Army and I love America regardless the opinions and what is great about it is that you don’t have to like me but I also don’t have to hide from you!!!!!! If you are so worry about God coming back pissed off about it then let him Judge me and get off your high horse!!!

  44. Sherry E says:

    June 27, 2015 at 4:14 am

    Muy Buenos Dias, while enjoying another beautiful day in sunny, cool, gorgeous La Gomera!
    Dear LMB says. . . . So sorry, your excellent point is completely lost on those who don’t know, or refuse to admit, those other countries even exist. “Amerika, aint it great!”
    Noting that Flagler county went for Romney in the last Presidential election, and that Flagler county voters keep electing Republicans to state and local government positions. . . maybe the comment about the IQ of the average Flagler county voter has some validity. . . EEK!
    We definitely need to get many more “thinking” citizens to the polls!

  45. Patriot76 says:

    I want to make it very clear, especially to “Bob”…

    God did NOT write the “Bible” – it was written by men at a time who believed the only moral virtue with relationships was between a man and woman. God played no part.

    I know it is hard for religious zealots to understand that a book isn’t the word of God because we just spent the last decade killing some overseas in defense of freedom. The only difference between the two groups (Islamic extreme and. Christian extreme) is how far they are willing to go to make their point.. And that is starting to come into question even.

    Thankfully there are a lot of educated and intelligent people responding to the stupidity and ignorance found often on these online discussions. I just wish I had a dollar for every time I witnessed someone claim to speak for God or quote another man who has said the same. If I were God that much would really piss me off alone…

    • Bob says:

      Patriot? Are you shitting me. You are comparing Islamic extremists to Christians. You are nuts my friend. I spent 26 years in the military defending the gays rights. I don’t care if they get married. Just quit shoving their public displays down my throat. And stop forcing businesses to accept their business. They have the same right to refuse them as they have to get married.

  46. Diana L says:

    Jen, Not everyone in Palm Coast believes like some of these insidious commentors. I want everyone to have the same rights as I do, there shouldn’t have even been a question or a fight. I am sorry for the discrimation that you have experienced. I wish you and your wife well.

    • Jen says:

      Diana L,

      I appreciate your kind words and honestly it doesn’t bother me all that much I just get tired of people like Bob saying that we shove things down peoples throat. Will I kiss my Wife in public absolutely and if someone doesn’t like it then don’t look now do I go shoving my tongue down her throat no!! Hey not for nothing but I don’t want straight people shoving things down my throat either!! I am tired of the negativity but it will never change I am not all that young and I have lived and learned a lot but some people will never change and unfortunately its those few that make this world a shitter pass to live no those of us that love each other!!! Anyways I am done with my rant I just hope that one day people will wake up and realize that there are so many other issues in this world then gay rights to worry about. Enough said!!

      Love and Peace to all even the ones that will never change!!

  47. Kevin says:

    Allen: I don’t see how a request for the State to treat everyone under the law equally is being seen as an attack on religion. As long as the State issues a license to marry it cannot discriminate against a same gender couple. As far as your notion that the gay couple should simply find a different baker to make their wedding cake is absurd as is your comment that some religious minded baker would make cookies for the gay couple but not a wedding cake is ludicrous as well. First and foremost, they shouldn’t have to look for another baker. As I said earlier, where does one draw the line? If I am a devout Catholic and Newt Gingrich wants an anniversary cake and I say no because he is on his second or third marriage after cheating on wives one and two and that is against my religion, or the pharmacist says no to the woman seeking a prescription contraceptive, your entire premise of religious beliefs being allowed to usurp equal protection laws truly brings us closer to the Taliban style of society. America is great because we do not allow religion and religious beliefs to enter the secular domain and vice versa. The devout baker should become a baker for the Diocese and make all the holy cakes they want but when they are licensed to do business publicly and tax dollars support the health inspections of their business they are now operating in the secular world and cannot discriminate. The wedding cake example may seem trite but extend your argument further and consider all the other businesses that could start to discriminate based on religious grounds, the venue for the reception, the travel agent for the honeymoon or even the landlord for the newly weds first apartment. Why should they not be treated equally, because the business person object to their lifestyle? Like I said, OK for the Taliban and the Ayatollahs but not in this great nation.

  48. Allen says:

    Two justices, Kagan and Ginsburg have performed several gay weddings. They should have recused themselves from hearing this case. They were obviously prejudiced and had already formed an opinion on the issue before the case came to the court. There is no punishment by not doing so other than impeachment, but they are unethical and dishonest. They also swore to defend the constitution, They didn’t abide by their oath of office and should be impeached, they won’t be, because to many liberals in the Congress will not do their constitutional duty either.

    Shame on Justices Kagan and Ginsburg, they are dishonest and have no integrity. They deserve no respect from all citizens who believe in the rule of law and constitutional government.

    • Samuel L. Bronkowitz says:

      Indeed, and the ones that have performed straight weddings are biased as well, therefore they should have recused themselves.

      Wow, lots of tears, weeping, and wailing over the fact that gay people can now marry. It’s almost like the same people crying about wanting to keep the government out of their lives are also whining about the fact that they can’t keep the government in the lives of people whose lifestyles they don’t like.

    • Obama 2015 says:

      Justices Kagan and Ginsburg, they are dishonest and have no integrity.

      Vote for what they believe in and stand firm.

      Clarence Thomas ruled against the ACA twice

      Wife had ties to a lobbying group that opposes the health care law and was given 1.5 million from insurance companies.



      • Bob says:

        Thank you for highlighting the problem Mr. Obama. Justices decisions are supposed to be based on constitutional law, not how they feel! Exactly why they should have been recused.

    • Bob says:

      Well said my friend !

      • Allen says:

        Thanks Bob,

        I think you and I are the only two respondents who have served their country in the Military. I put my life on the line for this country in combat and I would be willing to bet you did too, how many others on here have done so? Most of these left wing nuts just don’t have a clue. There is no point in trying to discuss or debate them.

  49. Wishful thinking says:

    Time for Straight Pride parades !
    The plumbing doesn’t fit – don’t flaunt your unconventional values in my face. My cousin is gay and she doesn’t parade with her partner kissing in public . Wait until the divorces begin….

    • Obama 2015 says:

      Don’t flaunt your unconventional values in my face.

      Do you mean getting married to the man or woman they love?

      Or do you mean getting divorced 3 or 4 times after you told GOD till death do us part.

    • Bob says:

      Right on Wishful thinking! Supreme Court now making laws. Not what the constitution says. Now Obama lights up White House with gay pride colors. A complete ” in your face” to straight people. And in 2004 and 2008 he was against gay marriage.

    • Jen says:

      hey they already have I was the first one in flagler county and I am proud of it!!!! I was in a terrible relationship so what and if you don’t want to see someone kiss in public then don’t watch I mean I don’t want to see straight people making out in public either but they do!! Should that be a crime also???What is good for baby breeders is good for queers its the law of the land now get over it!!!

  50. Patriot76 says:

    Every branch of government is legally capable and Constitutionally able to make legal provisions (another way of saying making law). The extent of which they do so is also written by a long tale of precedent and necessity. There is a difference between legislation (general law), administrative law (Executive Branch), and Court Mandate / Ruling (Judicial Branch). It is both disingenuous and a mischaracterization of these branches of government to assert or assume they do not “make” law. It would be accurate however, if you said the Judiciary is not the branch of origination when it comes to law… Only interpretation and ruling.

    As for Justices not voting due to personal interests… The same can be said for all of the Justices who seem to vote according to party line a majority of the time. The problem with our system is not our system.. It’s the education of our system. Social and Civic Studies have been replaced by a dumbed down version of American Government. There used to be a time when most people just listened to smarter people and experts because they trusted in greater education… Today, everyone seems to be an expert on every topic.

  51. Sherry E says:

    To all the “States Rights” tiny minded, do try and stretch those brain cells in order to comprehend a bit of logic: I suppose if your reality stops at the Florida/Georgia ( et al) line, the idea of no Federally required laws makes “some” sense. However, we live not only in a country with 50 states, but also on the 3rd planet from the sun which has many countries and cultures. Are ya with me so far? OK. . . now try to understand that many, many citizens of the USA move from state to state, and even to other countries. . . yes, really.

    OK. . . now do try and comprehend that having different rights and laws in different states creates a complete quagmire of jurisdiction. Let me put it in more simple terms. . . the “legal rights” of fundamental freedoms such as marriage must be the same from state to state, and even internationally, if our country is to continue to exist as a “first” world nation.

    Thinking of a global scale. . . other nations are simply NOT going to negotiate any sort of legal treaties with “individual” states. What makes the USA great is NOT our individual states, but our strong UNION. . . which is being massively weakened from within by those who are intent on dividing us by spreading fear, bigotry and hate at every turn

    • Obama 2015 says:

      This is happening already with the weapons laws and the GOP is fighting the states rights to ban them.

      You can freely carry a weapon with a Florida permit but that permit may or may not mean anything in another state like NY, Washington State or NJ and you can go to jail for carrying a weapon even if it is in your trunk or glove box.

      In this case we should have a Federal weapon permit so someone that is responsible can carry their weapon in all 50 states.

      The Supreme court basically did this last week with Healthcare and Marriage rights. And if required they would do this for weapon permit rights if a case was brought to them.

      • Allen says:

        No permits should be required anywhere, the permit is the second amendment which covers the entire country.

        • Obama 2015 says:

          Ok fine, delete all these comments then. The 1st and 14th Amendment covers gay marriage then.

          • Allen says:

            Do some research and you will find that the 14th amendment was never passed by either house by the 2/3rds required, nor was it ratified by 3/4’s of the states. It was fraudulently attached to the Constitution.

            • Obama 2015 says:

              Wrong again… Here is the actual text of the amendment .

              The 14th amendment to the Constitution of the United States was proposed to the legislatures of the several States by the 39th Congress, on June 15, 1866. On July 20, 1868, the Secretary of
              State issued a proclamation that the 14th amendment was a part of the Constitution if withdrawals of ratification were ineffective.

              On July 21, 1868, Congress adopted and transmitted to the Department of State a
              concurrent resolution declaring that “the legislatures of the States of
              Connecticut, Tennessee, New Jersey, Oregon, Vermont, New York, Ohio,
              Illinois, West Virginia, Kansas, Maine, Nevada, Missouri, Indiana,
              Minnesota, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Nebraska, Iowa, Arkansas,
              Florida, North Carolina, Alabama, South Carolina, and Louisiana, being
              three-fourths and more of the several States of the Union, have ratified
              the fourteenth article of amendment to the Constitution of the United
              States, duly proposed by two-thirds of each House of the Thirty-ninth
              Congress: Therefore Resolved,

              That said fourteenth article is hereby declared to be a part of the Constitution of the United States, and it shall be duly promulgated as such by the Secretary of State.”

              The Secretary of State accordingly issued a proclamation, dated July 28,
              1868, declaring that the proposed 14th amendment had been ratified, in
              the manner hereafter mentioned, by the legislatures of 28 States.

              The dates of ratification were: Connecticut, June 30, 1866; New Hampshire,
              July 6, 1866; Tennessee, July 18, 1866; New Jersey, September 11, 1866
              (subsequently, on February 20, 1868, the legislature rescinded its
              ratification, and on March 24, 1868, readopted its resolution of
              rescission over the Governor’s veto, and on April 23, 2003, revoked the
              resolution of rescission); Oregon, September 19, 1866 (subsequently
              rescinded its ratification on October 16, 1868, and ratified on April
              25, 1973); New York, January 10, 1867; Ohio, January 11, 1867
              (subsequently rescinded its ratification on January 13, 1868, and
              ratified on March 12, 2003); Illinois, January 15, 1867; West Virginia,
              January 16, 1867; Michigan, January 16, 1867; Minnesota, January 16,
              1867; Kansas, January 17, 1867; Maine, January 19, 1867; Nevada, January
              22, 1867; Indiana, January 23, 1867; Missouri, January 25, 1867;
              Pennsylvania, February 6, 1867; Rhode Island, February 7, 1867;
              Wisconsin, February 13, 1867; Massachusetts, March 20, 1867; Nebraska,
              June 15, 1867; Iowa, March 16, 1868; Arkansas, April 6, 1868; Florida,
              June 9, 1868; North Carolina, July 4, 1868 (after having rejected the
              amendment December 14, 1866); Louisiana, July 9, 1868 (after having
              rejected the amendment February 6, 1867); South Carolina, July 9, 1868
              (after having rejected the amendment December 20, 1866). Ratification
              was completed on July 9, 1868. The amendment was subsequently ratified
              by Alabama, July 13, 1868; Georgia, July 21, 1868 (after having rejected
              it on November 9, 1866); Virginia, October 8, 1869 (after having
              rejected it on January 9, 1867); Mississippi, January 17, 1870; Texas,
              February 18, 1870 (after having rejected it on October 27, 1866);
              Delaware, February 12, 1901 (after having rejected it on February 8,
              1867); Maryland, April 4, 1959 (after having rejected it on March 23,
              1867); California, May 6, 1959; Kentucky, March 30, 1976 (after having
              rejected it on January 10, 1867).


              • Allen says:

                Right again see




                There are a lot more than this if you would take the time to research.

                • Obama 2015 says:

                  Your examples are opinion pieces.

                • Anonymous says:

                  Obama 2015;

                  Your reference is the official government propaganda lie to re-write history. Has the government every lied? They do it every day.

                  My references are based upon historical fact that can be verified in official government records. It would take a very long time to dig them out of the Congressional record, Library of Congress, but they are there. Also read what newspapers printed while this was actually happening.

                  In a nut shell, the Congress passed the 13th amendment with the help of the Southern states after the war and when they were seated in Congress to vote. Then it came time for the 14th amendment, Congress saw they didn’t have the votes for it to pass, so the passed the reconstruction acts and kicked out the entire Southern delegations. These were the same Congressmen and Senators who had voted to approve the 13th amendment. You can’t have it both ways, either the Southern delegations were not qualified to vote for the 13th which would make it null and void or they were qualified to vote for the 14th which would make it null and void.

                  What do you think would happen today if the majority GOP houses of Congress voted to unseat all democrats and then proceed to impeach Obama which they have the power to do. What a novel idea, I think I’ll write my Congressman and Senators and suggest that. While their at it, they can also vote to unseat Kagan and Ginsburg.

                • Bob says:

                  Excellent idea anonymous !

    • Allen says:

      I agree, the laws on marriage should be uniform across the country. between one man and one woman.

  52. Patriot76 says:

    Sherry – time is on our side regardless of the bigotry and usurpations others have acted upon in the past and present. The most beautiful thing about our belief in the Constituion and moral justice for all is that we can preach it in public. These men and women who seek to force their religious canon on others hide behind curtains so as to not be seen in the public for what their intentions. I am a deeply spiritual man and those who preach religious freedom are often the ones who seek to undermine all others.

    I’ve said it before and I will say it again – Republicans are the biggest proponents of religious freedom and family values – but it’s always their religion and their families they care about, not ours…

    • Obama 2015 says:

      Republicans are the biggest proponents of religious freedom and family values – but it’s always their religion and their families they care about, not ours.

      SO true..

  53. Knightwatch says:

    To those who maintain that their “religious freedom” supersedes the U.S legal system, in addition to your Christian bible, does religious freedom encompass teachings of the Quoran, the Torah, the Vedas, and tenets of other legally valid religions such as Wicca? Or is religious freedom in America exclusive to Christians and their bible?

    I’m interested in the answer, because if you contend that your Bible alone superceeds our secular legal system, then we’re going to need a mechanism to arbitrate differences between Christian tenets, as you and millions of others interpret them, and our secular legal system. Quite obviously you don’t trust the biased, secular Supreme Court. So America probably needs a Christian Ayatollah to make final decisions, and thus we evolve into an Iranian-like theocracy. Goodbye democratic secular America as envisioned by the Founding Fathers!

    And if you generously allow ALL religions in America to independently supercede our legal system, then you get legal and civil chaos with practitioners of each religion determining which laws they will accept and obey. Given the theological differences within and between religions, and add in the voices of humanists and athiests, there would be no hope of agreement on virtually any issue. Then you get an Iraqi-like divided and very contentious confederation of red, blue and purple “states”, each with their own set of rules.

    So, which do you conservative Christians prefer … America, Iran or Iraq??

    • Patriot76 says:

      That’s a great summary Knightwatch – and comparison as well.

      History has proven these religious groups in America are nihilistic and narcissistic. Nihilist because they negate any and all solutions, ideas, or compromises to secular law. Narcissistic because they equate all virtue, divine righteousness, and policy making to their own beliefs.

      It’s a self-fueled fire that is fanned by the self-induced belief they speak on behalf of God and the Bible. This same sociopathic line of thinking can be found throughout their modern history. The good news is that history is against them and time will fade their memory.

      • Knightwatch says:

        Amen! Oops, I mean right on! Damn that Mike Huckabee. He’s got me going. I need to cleanse my mind by reading some more Stephen Hawking.

    • Allen says:

      The state should only issue legal contracts, not marriage licenses. The institution of marriage is a church issue and under the separation of church and state theory, the state is infringing on the church’s jurisdiction. Marriage licenses were never issued by governments until about 150 years ago, It used to be the sole responsibility of the church of your choice.

  54. Sherry E says:

    Excellent points Patriot 76, Obama 2015 and Knightwatch! Keep up the intelligent, logical, open minded, reasonable comments.

    We may yet convince some to stop letting the media, and haters of human kind continue to manipulate them. We may yet convince some to educate themselves and to find the truth by doing their own researching and start thinking for themselves. We may even convince some to open their hearts to their fellow human beings, regardless of skin color, faith, culture, language, sexual preference or gender. We can but keep trying to raise a little consciousness. If we save just one soul, we will have accomplished the world!

  55. bob says:

    sodom and gemorrah wicked ungodly society sin will destroy america
    repent and turn to jesus christ before it is too late sexual perverts
    1cor6-9 no sodomites shall enter the kingdom of heaven.
    obama has destroyed the one nation people have looked up
    to repent or perish.

    • Knightwatch says:


    • Jen says:

      To Bob and Allen-

      Leviticus 19:17
      Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart: thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him.

      Leviticus 19:18
      “‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself.

      Luke 6:37
      Do Not Judge
      “Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned.




    • Obama 2015 says:

      How many American’s have died under Obama’s watch due to a terrorist attack or war?

      How many Americans have lost their homes, jobs and healthcare under Obama’s watch?

      Now take that number and compare it to Regan, Bush I and II and Clinton and get back to me.

      Also again the Bible doesn’t govern the United States of America..

      1st amendment written September 25, 1789

      Prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.

      So your God has NO say in my country’s laws . it can only make suggestions and you can freely post them here.

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