From ‘grave disappointment’ to ‘ecstatic’: NC faith leaders react to DOMA ruling

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Bob Kunst, president of Shalom International from Miami Beach, Fla., stood outside the Supreme Court Wednesday (June 26) and supported the Supreme Court decisions to ?get government out of everybody?s bedrooms.?

Bob Kunst, president of Shalom International from Miami Beach, Fla., stood outside the Supreme Court Wednesday (June 26) and supported the Supreme Court decisions to ?get government out of everybody?s bedrooms.?

Faith leaders, politicians and lawyers across North Carolina on Wednesday (June 26) expressed strong opinions for or against the Supreme Court’s vote dismantling the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

While faith leaders who define marriage as between a man and woman were disappointed, one thing is certain – the current ruling won’t affect North Carolina’s constitutional marriage amendment just yet.

“However, there is a lot of language in Justice Kennedy’s DOMA opinion that is helpful to gay rights advocates – language that can be invoked in future gay rights advocacy in North Carolina,” said Holning Lau, president of the NC ACLU and UNC law professor. “Justice Kennedy’s opinion contains a lot of language that affirms the dignity of gay and lesbian relationships,” for instance, using the word “dignity” nine times.

READ the entire Supreme Court opinion