Thursday, February 24, 2011

Quote of the Day

The opponents of equality for all Americans lost big on Wednesday with the announcement by President Obama that he has decided that the so-called "Defence of Marriage Act" (DOMA) is unconstitutional – and his administration will no longer defend it in federal court.

Hate groups like the National Organisation for Marriage (NOM), which had spent tens of millions of dollars in just the last three years to take away rights from so many Americans, are panicking. They have been very successful in stopping and removing gay marriage in a majority of the states. But with this announcement, the sky has fallen right on their heads.

. . . This is a huge step for an administration that has previously upheld DOMA as constitutional. It sends a powerful message that discrimination based on sexual orientation has no place in this country.

– Fred Karger
"Gay Marriage Decision: A Blow to the Enemies of Equality"
The Guardian
February 24, 2011

Recommended Off-site Links:
Ten Takeaways from Obama's DOMA Reversal – Andrew Cohen (The Atlantic, February 23 2011).
Obama's Got GOP Trapped on Gay Marriage – Matt Cantor (, February 24, 2011).
Gay Marriage Seems to Wane as Conservative Issue – Michael D. Shear and Sheryl Gay Stolberg (New York Times, February 24, 2011).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Quote of the Day – February 23, 2011
A Message for NOM and the Catholic Hierarchy)
A Catholic Statement of Support for Same-Sex Marriage
At UST, a Rousing and Very Catholic Show of Support for Marriage Equality
A Catolic Voice for Marriage Equality at the State Capitol
Catholic Theologian: "Heterosexism, Not Homosexuality, is the Problem"
A Christian Case fr Same-Sex Marriage
Steve Chapman: "Time is on the Side of Gay Marriage"

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