News of Note: The Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA; Same Sex Marriage Legal in California (UPDATED: Al Mohler, Jesse Johnson, and Peter Jones’ Commentaries; Rod Dreher on Justice Anthony Scalia’s Dissenting Opinion; Polygamists Celebrate Gay Marriage Decision)

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1. Decisions by U.S. Supreme Court on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8 (UPDATED: June 27)

“Pastors Hesitant to Comment on SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling” – Most Evangelical Pastors are hesitant to comment about Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage. (Christian Post)

“Public reaction from pastors to the United States Supreme Court’s decisions on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 was sparse and came slowly on Wednesday and did not include as many opinions as seen in the rapid-fire response by the general conservative Christian population.” – Alex Murashko, Christian Post

“Scotus Scotches the Scriptures.” – Dr. Peter Jones on the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Christian church. (truthxchange)

“This action by the Supreme Court will create major divisions with the Body of Christ. The cracks have appeared but now they will becomes canyons. Some churches will be silent on the whole issue of sexual sin. Some will even justify homosexuality as a “good” thing. Others will seek to follow the clear teaching of Scripture and say what Paul said as he wrote to gay Rome: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed…” (Rom 1:16-17) – Peter Jones

“Polygamists Celebrate Supreme Court’s Marriage Rulings” (Christian Post)

“While some same-sex marriage advocates have attempted to distance themselves from polygamists by saying the “slippery slope” argument is a myth, others have abandoned all pretense. Slate writer Jillian Keenan argued in her article “Legalize Polygamy!” that the practice is “no better or worse than homosexual marriage.” “Legalized polygamy in the United States is the constitutional, feminist and sex-positive choice,” she wrote.” – Daniel Distant, Christian Post

“Polygamists Celebrate Supreme Court’s Marriage Rulings” (Buzz Feed)

“Anne Wilde, a vocal advocate for polygamist rights who practiced the lifestyle herself until her husband died in 2003, praised the court’s decision as a sign that society’s stringent attachment to traditional “family values” is evolving. “I was very glad… The nuclear family, with a dad and a mom and two or three kids, is not the majority anymore,” said Wilde. “Now it’s grandparents taking care of kids, single parents, gay parents. I think people are more and more understanding that as consenting adults, we should be able to raise a family however we choose.” “We’re very happy with it,” said Joe Darger, a Utah-based polygamist who has three wives. “I think [the court] has taken a step in correcting some inequality, and that’s certainly something that’s going to trickle down and impact us.” – McKay Coppins, Buzz Feed

“Christian Groups React to Supreme Court’s Ruling in Favor of Homosexual ‘Marriage’” – Christian News reports Christian groups reaction to Supreme Court decisions. (Christian News)

“Michael Marcavage of the Philadelphia-based evangelistic ministry Repent America called the ruling “an act of high treason against the holy, Most High God.” “The reason why Christians fought to oppose attempts to redefine the Biblical institution of marriage is because we love God and our neighbor,” he said. “We love children and don’t want them to be raised in a nation that teaches them that it is permissible to live however one pleases. If God is not the standard of absolute truth, then who is?” “Romans 13 declares that those in civil government are to be ministers of God for good, not evil,” Marcavage continued. “Despite the court’s ruling, it is not — and never will be — a marriage before God, but only a mirage.” – Heather Clark, Christian News

“Where the Prop 8 ruling leaves us:” – Jesse Johnson on the Supreme Court’s decision on California’s Proposition 8, and the failure of the legal system. (The Cripplegate)

“2 lies behind the Prop 8 challenge” – (The Cripplegate)

“Waiting for the Other Shoe” — The Supreme Court Rules on Same-Sex Marriage – Al Mohler’s commentary on the Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage. (

“How Should Same-Sex Marriage Change the Church’s Witness?” – How the Supreme Court’s decision on same-sex marriage should change the church is our gospel witness and our marriage witness to the world. (Moore to the Point)

“Scalia: ‘Open Season On Marriage Traditionalists’” – Rod Dreher comments on Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia’s dissenting opinion on the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down DOMA, and to uphold the California Supreme Court’s decision on Proposition 8. (The American Conservative)

“A sweeping decision in the DOMA case” – Denny Burk on the DOMA and Proposition 8 rulings by the Supreme Court. (

“9 Things You Should Know About the Supreme Court’s Same-Sex Marriage Cases” – Joe Carter on 9 things we should know about the Supreme Court’s rulings on DOMA and gay marriage. (The Gospel Coalition)

“In Landmark Ruling, Supreme Court Strikes Down Defense Of Marriage Act” (Time Magazine)

“In a landmark 5-4 decision, the justices ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), passed by bipartisan majorities and signed by President Bill Clinton, is an unconstitutional violation of the Fifth Amendment.”

“In a separate 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court cleared the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California, ruling that those appealing to uphold the ban known as “Proposition 8″ did not have legal standing. The Court’s technical ruling — that outside appellants don’t have standing to defend a law if the state declines to defend it — is narrowly tailored and avoids a ruling on the constitutionality of all same-sex-marriage bans.”

“The Heart of the Issue on Legal Gay Marriage” – Denny Burk on Ben Domenech’s article “The Future of Religious Liberty”. (

2. “Surge in ‘digital dementia” – South Korean doctors are warning of the affects of digital dementia in young people as a result of overuse of smartphones and computers. (Telegraph U.K.)

3. “Nature Deficit Disorder — Is Your Child at Risk?” – Al Mohler reposts a 2005 article on children who no longer have a connection with the outdoors and nature due to the digital age. (


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