Foes of gay marriage criticize today’s high court rulings, while others celebrate

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WASHINGTON (AP) Although supporters of gay marriage are celebrating two rulings today from the Supreme Court, others say they’re disappointed with the court action.

House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) says he’s sorry to see the court strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act — a provision that denied federal tax, health and pension benefits from same-sex couples who are legally married. Boehner says he hopes states will continue to define marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

And Ted Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, says he’s “deeply saddened” by a ruling that he says will “encourage same-sex marriage in our country.” He says, “We mourn for America’s future, but we are not without hope.”

But House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says the court “placed itself on the right side of history” by striking down the provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, and by clearing the way for same-sex marriages in California.

Also praising today’s rulings is Ashley Broadway, a mother of two small children who is married to a woman stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. She says, “As a military spouse, it is a great day to be an American.”

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