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Responses to Supreme Court's DOMA Ruling Prove We're a Nation Divided

by Lindsay Ferrier

Rainbow FlagSocial media is blowing up with responses to the Supreme Court decision that lets same sex couples receive the same benefits as straight couples.

Some see it as a historic and long overdue decision that prevents discrimination on the basis of sexuality.

Others are calling it a sign of the end of time.

The reaction to stories like this one shows just how fractured we are as a nation. With such deeply divided viewpoints, it's understandable why our politicians can't seem to get anything done.

Take a look at some of the across-the-board comments from CafeMom readers:

"God is very sad today," wrote Tina.

"It's fantastic and finally following the freedoms of our Constitution, not the opinions of a minority," countered Kimberly.

"The moral decline of our Nation accelerates!" wrote Barb.

"Fantastic! A great day for logic and reason over fear and bigotry!" wrote kaerae.

Meanwhile, many conservative groups didn't mince words in their opinions of the ruling. "The DOMA ruling has now made the normalization of polygamy, pedophilia, incest, and bestiality inevitable," tweeted Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. "Matter of time."

President Obama was of a different opinion: "This ruling is a victory for couples who have long fought for equal treatment under the law," he said, "for children whose parents’ marriages will now be recognized, rightly, as legitimate; for families that, at long last, will get the respect and protection they deserve; and for friends and supporters who have wanted nothing more than to see their loved ones treated fairly and have worked hard to persuade their nation to change for the better."

Basically, depending on who you are and what you believe, today's Supreme Court decision is either a day maker -- or a day breaker.

In this case, it's probably too much to ask to hope that these two radically different sides to meet somewhere in the middle. The best we can all do, no matter which side we're on, is be respectful and polite, even when we passionately disagree.

How are your social media friends reacting to the news?

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Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 9:14 AM
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I have seen nothing but positives, except from a niece who was "spanked" on Facebook for supporting this -- "spanked" by some older member of her church who is telling her she is misguided and not following God's rules. Of course, I countered that quickly and told my niece I am very proud of her for her compassion and open-mindedness.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jun. 27, 2013 at 11:14 AM
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If this divide surprised anyone they aren't paying attention to the world around them...

This divide is not going to close. This country is severely divided on gay marriage & abortion and I don't see us all singing kumbaya anytime soon...
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OHgirlinCA
by Platinum Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Most of my social media friends are happy with the news.  A few are absolutely disgusted, which disgusts me.  They are part of DH's family so I only have them on FB because if I didn't "friend" them it would cause problems.  I have hidden their activity though because what they say is truly infuriating to me.

Citygirlk
by Gold Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Everyone I know (who are all christians btw) are happy about this ruling. 

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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Eh. I don't think it's that big of a deal. I imagine the vitriol was just as strong in 1964 as was the happiness.

We just didn't have social media.

This is society. We are supposed to reevaluate and readjust and become more enlightened.
mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:35 PM

I think yes we are a nation divided, I have seen very little hatred on social media mainly because I hide the hateful bigoted people that I'm forced to keep on facebook due to not wanting to cause issues with my family.

..MoonShine..
by Redwood Witch on Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:41 PM

I have only seen positive come across my FB. In fact, my cousin and her fiance can now get married in California and they are ecstatic and I am ecstatic for them! 

Bigmetalchicken
by Silver Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:45 PM

I hope it does open the way for polygamy. I...don't want to say I understand, but I get where the argument about pedophilia comes from. That being said, I do not think that is going to happen. Ever. At least, I would like to think we will never get a case of the stupid that big.

I am happy with it. I think love should be multiplied, not divided.

lokilover
by Bronze Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 12:50 PM



Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

If this divide surprised anyone they aren't paying attention to the world around them...

This divide is not going to close. This country is severely divided on gay marriage & abortion and I don't see us all singing kumbaya anytime soon...

Not true. Abortion has always remained around 50/50, but SSM has been creeping into the majority over the past few years. This is remarkably different from just ten years ago, when it literally had almost no support. This shift is even more apparent among young people, with over 66% of them now supporting SSM according to the latest polls.

Abortion has and will continue to divide the country, but people are slowly starting to come together on gay marriage.

viv212
by Gold Member on Jun. 27, 2013 at 1:33 PM
I haven't seen one negative post about SSM at all. But then my boyfriend and I are surrounded by gays our whole life. You don't like our gay peeps, see ya later!
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