By Eric Levitz Texas Sen. Dick and Betty Odgaard own and operate a bistro inside a converted church in Grimes, Iowa. The Christian couple began renting out the space as a full service wedding venue in In the video, Cruz and the Odgaards fondly reminisce about all the beautiful weddings the venue hosted — back before a gay couple asked to rent the space in and put an end to the festivities. The Odgaards informed the gay couple that they did not wish to host a wedding that was contrary to their faith.
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Alternative terms[ edit ] Some proponents of legal recognition of same-sex marriage, such as Freedom to Marry and Canadians for Equal Marriage , use the terms marriage equality and equal marriage to indicate that they seek the recognition of same-sex marriage on equal ground with opposite-sex marriage as opposed to special rights. The Associated Press warns that the construct gay marriage can imply that the marriages of same-sex couples are somehow different from the marriages of opposite-sex couples. You may improve this section , discuss the issue on the talk page , or create a new article , as appropriate. Virginia in , in which the Supreme Court of the United States struck down all state bans on inter-racial marriage , issued a statement on the 40th anniversary of the ruling in which she expressed her support for same-sex marriage and described it as a civil right akin to inter-racial marriage, stating that "I believe all Americans, no matter their race, no matter their sex, no matter their sexual orientation, should have that same freedom to marry". Hodges in which the Supreme Court of the United States struck down all state bans on same-sex marriage, stating that "races don't fall in love, genders don't fall in love—people fall in love".
The result struck a blow to same-sex marriage opponents who had succeeded in passing ballot measures in 30 other states. It also opened the way for backers to push for legal same-sex marriages in Minnesota. Amendment opponents burst into tears and cheered when they heard the outcome early Wednesday morning at the campaign party for Minnesotans United for All Families, the main group that fought against the amendment. But with DFLers taking control of the Legislature, same-sex marriage backers expect to push to change state law and legalize same-sex marriage, precisely what amendment proponents wanted to avoid. Because we beat this amendment, Minnesota is in a position to ensure that the next generation can participate in the conversation about who should have the freedom to marry.
Austin Cline, a former regional director for the Council for Secular Humanism, writes and lectures extensively about atheism and agnosticism. Updated June 25, Debates over gay marriage involve both legal and social arguments, for and against. Legal arguments on behalf of gay marriage tend to get more attention because it should be a matter of basic civil and equal rights.