Foes of gay marriage criticize today’s high court rulings, while others celebrate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Although supporters of gay marriage are celebrating two rulings today from the Supreme Court, others say they’re disappointed with the court action.

House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) says he’s sorry to see the court strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act — a provision that denied federal tax, health and pension benefits from same-sex couples who are legally married. Boehner says he hopes states will continue to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

And Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, says he’s “deeply saddened” by a ruling that he says will “encourage same-sex marriage in our country.” He says, “We mourn for America’s future, but we are not without hope.”

But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says the court “placed itself on the right side of history” by striking down the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, and by clearing the way for same-sex marriages in California.

Also praising today’s rulings is Ashley Broadway, a mother of two small children who is married to a woman stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. She says, “As a military spouse, it is a great day to be an American.”

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223-a-13-(Ken Klukowski, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, in AP interview)-”the people’s hands”-Ken Klokowski with the Family Research Council says the Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage are examples of overreaching. (26 Jun 2013)

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229-r-36-(Sound of gay marriage supporters outside the Supreme Court, as the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 case walk down the court’s marble steps with their lawyer)–Sound of cheering by gay marriage supporters outside the Supreme Court, as the plaintiffs in the Prop 8 gay marriage case walk down the court’s marble steps with their lawyer. (26 Jun 2013)

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224-a-14-(Ken Klukowski, director of the Center for Religious Liberty at the Family Research Council, in AP interview)-”the U.S. Constitution”-Ken Klokowski with the Family Research Council says the Supreme Court did not resolve anything with these gay marriage decisions. (26 Jun 2013)

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233-a-15-(Edith Windsor, plaintiff in Defense of Marriage Act lawsuit, at news conference)-”was total loss”-Edith Windsor, who sued to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, says she didn’t allow herself to think she’d win the case. (26 Jun 2013)

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172-a-15-(Paul Katami, plaintiff in California Proposition 8 case, speaking to reporters outside the court)-”please marry me (cheers fade)”-In an emotional announcement on the Supreme Court steps, plaintiff Paul Katami couldn’t wait to exercise the right the high court has now ensured. (26 Jun 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: US Supreme Court building, over rainbow flag texture, with SAME-SEX MARRIAGE lettering, finished graphic (26 Jun 2013)

GRAPHICSBANK: US Supreme Court building, over rainbow flag texture, with DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT lettering, finished graphic (26 Jun 2013)

APPHOTO KYTE104: Stef Perri, right, and Carin Veech share an embrace during a rally in support of the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act, Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at Jefferson Square in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley) (26 Jun 2013)

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