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Federal judge strikes down U.S. law that states marriage is union of man, woman only

Original post made on Feb 23, 2012

A federal judge in San Francisco Wednesday struck down the U.S. Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as the union of a man and a woman for federal purposes and denies government benefits to same-sex couples.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, February 23, 2012, 7:36 AM

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Posted by Perplexed
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 23, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Good ruling, and I'm not fully sure why this is even an issue. You don't have to agree with other peoples' lifestyle. But you should support equal rights for *all* Americans. Don't tread on me!

p.s., I'm just glad I (a German Protestant) was permitted to marry my chosen partner, a Portugese Catholic...and they say 'mixed' marrages don't last.

We've come a long way, baby...

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Posted by Common Sense
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm

I can't see why there could be any other outcome. Laws just cannot be passed to accomodate the desires of bigots.

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Posted by Alternative
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 23, 2012 at 9:09 pm

Either let everyone marry or ban marriage in city hall & have everyone have a civil union. Then those "wedding" between "man and woman" can be left to churches, synagogues, mosques, temples, etc.

I'm from a "mixed" marriage like Perplexed is in one. My family is Catholic. My siblings are Protestant, Coptic and Muslim.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 23, 2012 at 10:04 pm

When the law is applied equally to all Americans, this country becomes a better place.

I know that there are lots of nasty folks in Plutonia and I sometimes enjoy reading what they have to say.

I don't care who anybody marries as long as they don't steal vegetables from my garden.

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Posted by SteveP
a resident of Parkside
on Feb 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

SteveP is a registered user.

This just in: Cholo's vegetables are rallying for the rights to pollinate with fruits. The outcome of this 'union' was applauded by residents of the Tri-Valley who think it's all natural and anything goes. The laws of natural selection will soon be in force, weeding them all out.

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Feb 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

I'm in a mixed marriage also. My wife is a cat person and I am a dog person. We never thought we would be allowed to marry let alone procreate but after many prayers and sacrificial offerings to the Flying Spaghetti Monster our wishes came true.

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Posted by BYOB to the Funeral
a resident of Avignon
on Feb 24, 2012 at 11:37 am

LMAO!!! SteveP is so funny and made my day. Especially the line about "weeding them all out." LOL And they say we're a town of bigots? Come on you clowns, get a sense of humor ... except for those of you who are genetically programmed to expire. Ha-ha-ha.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 24, 2012 at 11:50 am

Today I plan to mix it up: poached salmon with dill weed, fresh toasty bagels, sour cream, and beet salad!!! a friend gave me 2 large wild salmon steaks and a bundle of fresh beets!
I will share it with 4 guests for dinner. dessert = sliced red pears and a honey walnut dip!!!
I can hardly wait.

During the day, I plan to drop by a few sights where "illegals" hang out and distribute a new flyer re: where to get free food, clothes, and how to avoid trouble with the police.

I also plan to drop by the Lawrence Livermore Lab next week to talk to somebody about how to grow crystals. I want to place a few home grown crystals in my garden for special rainbow light effects!

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