|James Brinton (left) celebrated on the steps of the Supreme Court with friends of the Community of Christ|
David Baker carried a sign that read, “Gay Mormon for Marriage Equality”
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Randall Thacker: “Today is a great day for all Mormons who value marriage and family”
With postings on Facebook, tweets, and official statements, Mormons both LGBT and straight are celebrating today’s Supreme Court decisions which overturn DOMA and clear the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California.
“The infamous Prop 8 is dead,” wrote Evan Clayson, who recently married his husband in New York. “Same-sex couples can resume marrying in the state of California. Wow!”
“I’m very grateful [Prop 8] is gone,” wrote Joanna Brooks in a more pensive post. “I’m celebrating with gay and pro-marriage friends, but I’m thinking too of friends and family who sacrificed and went all in because they were asked to.”
Affirmation President Randall Thacker says he was uplifted by the announcement. “Today is a great day for all Mormons who value marriage and family,” he says. “I feel that the sky looks bluer and the sun shines brighter. I’m looking forward to the day when marriage equality will be extended to all.”
Affirmation members David Baker and James Brinton awaited the decisions on the steps of the Supreme Court. James Brinton celebrated the 10 o’clock announcement with friends of the Community of Christ.
“I’m heading out to the Supreme Court one final day this week,” David wrote on Facebook before heading to the Supreme Court. “To all my friends wondering why I am going each day, know that it feels awful that 9 people hold your rights in their hands, and I am going to witness them finding me equal as God and the Constitution state that I was created.”
“The reason I’m happy about what happened today is because I like knowing that my friends are going to be treated fairly,” wrote BYU student Curtis Penfold. “I like knowing that they’re going to be able to marry the person they love and live the full and productive life with their partner that they’ve been wanting to live.”
“We heartily applaud the decision of the US Supreme Court to strike down Section 3 of the Federal Defense of Marriage Act and California’s Proposition 8,” wrote Spencer Clark of Mormons for Equality. “This is a victory for hundreds of thousands of families across the country and in California, including many Mormons, who have sought to marry the same-sex partners they love and care for their children.”
“Today is a good day,” wrote Mitch Mayne. “And these decisions align perfectly with our Mormon faith as recorded in D&C section 134–in that we believe it is unjust for a particular set of religious beliefs to be used to deny civil rights to others.”
“But as good as this is, we still have a ways to go,” he added. “Let’s not confuse a stride in the right direction with completing the journey.”