Gay marriage accelerated to legal acceptance from cultural shifts, millions of …

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Rainbow Revolution: After Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage, a wave of emotion spreads across the U.S..

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States is a historic culmination of years of litigation and social shifting over gay marriage and gay rights. In 2004, when Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same sex-marriage, a national Gallup Poll showed that Americans opposed the idea 55 percent to 42 percent. Pollster Glen Bolger told the Washington Post, “In 20 years, it won’t even be an issue.” Though some GOP presidential candidates, including Florida Sen. Mike Huckabee said, “The Supreme Court can no more repeal the laws of nature and nature’s God on marriage than it can the laws of gravity.” Louisiana has been at the forefront of efforts to oppose same-sex marriages, and the Catholic bishop of Lafayette carried on with those efforts Friday.

Bishop Michael Jarrell issued a statement calling on Catholics to not attend same-sex weddings, saying “civil disobedience may be a proper response” in some cases. And in Mississippi, Attorney General Jim Hood ordered county clerks to stop issuing marriage licenses to gay couples, saying the court had usurped his state’s “right to self-governance.” County clerks in Alabama, Georgia, Ohio, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas issued marriage licenses to gay couples. At the county clerk’s office in Louisville, Ky., Benjamin Moore and Tadd Roberts got married in matching tuxedos, the mayor greeting them with a bottle of champagne. In Dallas, Kenneth Denson and Gabriel Mendez went to the courthouse to get married even though they were legally married two years ago in California.

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