Social media buzz: Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, voting rights

Two issues that got USA TODAY Opinion readers talking this week involved a pair of ideologically opposing Supreme Court decisions. A liberal ruling overturned the Defense of Marriage Act, while a conservative ruling overturned Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act.


  1. Defense of Marriage Act: discriminatory toward gays, or upholding tradition?

  2. Although about a dozen states have legalized same-sex marriage, the federal government has not. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court required the federal government to recognize same-sex marriages in states where they have been made legal. In a separate decision, the court dismissed a challenge to California's same-sex marriage ban, sending the case back to a lower court and clearing the way for gay marriages in the state.
  3. (Photo: Wilfredo Lee, AP)
  4. Our view: Gay marriage rulings head in right direction
  5. Opposing view: Supreme Court rulings outrageous. (Brian Brown)
  6. Here's what USA TODAY readers had to say:
  7. Let gays marry; why not live and let live? Can't we just all get along?
  8. Since we live in a Constitutional republic, this means the power of all forms of governance, including that of direct democracy through ballot initiatives is limited when it runs afoul of the Constitution. When there is a conflict between the Constitution and state law, I would expect people sworn to uphold the law to abide by the Constitution first and state law second.
  9. Marriage: The formal union of a man and a woman, typically recognized by law, by which they become husband and wife. Where do you find gay, same sex, homosexual or lesbian in that definition. It doesn't say husband and husband or wife and wife. It will never be a marriage, it should always be a civil union with the same benefits and penalties of a married couple. PERIOD!
  10. Feedback on USA TODAY's article "Supreme Court gives big boost to same-sex marriage":   
  11. Striking down DOMA has nothing to do with gay rights. It has to do with STATE RIGHTS ! The implication of DOMA was to say that Federal Government could ignore legitimate state laws, any time they chose. This ruling is huge in once again reinforcing states ability to enact laws and requiring Federal Government to recognise them.
  12. What's next, Incest, bestiality, multiple wives, marrying 12 year olds? Why stop at gay marriage.
  13. We for equality WON and will continue to win and have these victories . The homophobic haters lost as the world is changing in 2013. Thank you Obama and SCOTUS .
  14. Gary Varvel, The Indianapolis Star
  15. Here's what people were saying outside USA TODAY: