News / USA

    New Yorkers React to Supreme Court Gay Marriage Rulings

    Members of the LGBT community and their supporters gather to celebrate two decisions by US Supreme Court during rally in New York's Greenwich Village June 26, 2013
    Members of the LGBT community and their supporters gather to celebrate two decisions by US Supreme Court during rally in New York's Greenwich Village June 26, 2013
    Adam Phillips
    The latest U.S. Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage have been welcomed by many Americans, but not all.

    In Manhattan’s Greenwich Village neighborhood, Ken Kidd stood resplendent in a hot pink suit and tie, and celebrated Wednesday's Supreme Court rulings.

    Kevin Kidd (Adam Phillips-VOA)Kevin Kidd (Adam Phillips-VOA)
    x
    Kevin Kidd (Adam Phillips-VOA)
    Kevin Kidd (Adam Phillips-VOA)
    "I’m euphoric...It gives me hope and I never thought I’d live to see this day," he said.  "It’s never the end of the story.  There are 37 states that have their own fights to fight.  Once they get recognized in their states, they do have full national freedom, they are entitled to the same 11-hundred plus rights that their heterosexual counterparts have in marriage.  It’s huge, absolutely huge.  I’m still just a little bit in shock, actually."

    Underground in a subway car, a young immigrant named Nadia rejected the idea that homosexuals should be treated differently than other citizens.  
     
    “They’re just people!  As people, they do have right like the rest of us.  Marriage is one of those rights.  I don’t know many people who are against.  Most of the people I know that are against it are older,” Nadia said.

    A few seats down, a high school student named Spencer sat with his friends and seconded the point.

    “My parents are actually against same same-sex marriage.  They are Christian so they don’t believe in it, but I have to disagree with them on this one.  I think it should be legal," he said.

    Above ground, a young Christian woman said she supported the idea of civil unions for gays, but not state-sanctioned marriage, per se.  

    "I think the term marriage is a biblical term.  I mean the biblical view is of marriage is between a man and a woman.  One man, one woman," she said.  

    "I think that the government, the direction it’s going, is creating disunity among the people and they are utilizing these hot topics to create disunity.  In the long run it’s not going to really matter.  It’s going to matter whether we actually love one another or not.  And that is in itself what people need to focus on," she added

    Tim Nissen (Adam Phillips-VOA)Tim Nissen (Adam Phillips-VOA)
    x
    Tim Nissen (Adam Phillips-VOA)
    Tim Nissen (Adam Phillips-VOA)
    In a nearby pizza restaurant, Tim Nissen put down his slice to assert that technically, marital status should be a strictly secular matter.

    “Consenting adults should be at liberty to do what they want as long it’s not harming anybody else. Religious people may use the word ‘marriage,’ but there is a legal definition of it in our country, and the law should apply equally to everybody.  That’s something that conservatives and liberals can agree on,” Nissen said.

    Two construction workers, also on their lunch break, offered their opinions.

    WORKER #1: "Why shouldn’t they get married?  They should be miserable just like I am, right?
    WORKER #2: Let them live their lives and whatever is going to make them happy.  So be it.  I have nothing against them.
    REPORTER: What do you think about people who say it’s against God’s law and all that?
    WORKER: There are too many gods for me to judge.  If they feel comfortable with what they’re doing and they don’t hurt or harm anybody in the interim, I give them my blessing."

    Although the U.S. Supreme Court rulings do not offer a definitive judgment on whether same-sex partners have the same constitutional right to marry as opposite sex partners do, advocates of legalized same-sex marriage were universally heartened by the news, and promised to continue their fight at the ballot box, in the courts and in the streets.

    You May Like

    Video As Refugees Perish, Greek Graveyards Fill

    Before burial at overflowing cemeteries, unidentified dead being swapped for DNA, in case some day relatives come to learn their fate

    Russian Opposition Leader Sues Putin for Conflict of Interest

    Alexei Navalny tells VOA in exclusive interview why transfer of $2 billion from country’s wealth fund to company with ties to President Putin’s son-in-law triggered lawsuit

    Clinton, Sanders Fight for African American Votes

    Some African American lawmakers lining up to support Clinton in face of perceived surge by Sanders in race for Democratic nomination in presidential campaign

    Featured Videos

    Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
    As Refugees Perish, Greek Graveyards Filli
    X
    Hamada Elsaram
    February 11, 2016 8:01 PM
    Aid workers on the Greek island of Lesbos say they are struggling to bury the increasing number of bodies of refugees that have been recovered or washed up ashore in recent months.  The graveyards are all full, they say, yet as tens of thousands of people clamor to get out of Syria, it is clear refugees will still be coming in record numbers. For VOA, Hamada Elrasam reports from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video As Refugees Perish, Greek Graveyards Fill

    Aid workers on the Greek island of Lesbos say they are struggling to bury the increasing number of bodies of refugees that have been recovered or washed up ashore in recent months.  The graveyards are all full, they say, yet as tens of thousands of people clamor to get out of Syria, it is clear refugees will still be coming in record numbers. For VOA, Hamada Elrasam reports from Lesbos, Greece.
    Video

    Video To Fight Zika, Scientists Target Mosquitoes

    Mosquitoes strike again. The Zika virus outbreak is just the latest headline-grabbing epidemic carried by these biting pests, but researchers are fighting back with new ways to control them. VOA's Steve Baragona takes a look.
    Video

    Video Mosul Refugees Talk About Life Under IS

    A top U.S. intelligence official told Congress this week that a planned Iraqi-led operation to re-take the city of Mosul from Islamic State militants is unlikely to take place this year. IS took over the city in June 2014, and for the past year and a half, Mosul residents have been held captive under its rule. VOA's Zana Omar talked to some families who managed to escape. Bronwyn Benito narrates his report.
    Video

    Video Scientists Make Progress Toward Better Diabetes Treatment, Cure

    Scientists at two of the top U.S. universities say they have made significant advances in their quest to find a more efficient treatment for diabetes and eventually a cure. According to the International Diabetes Federation, the disease affects more than 370 million people worldwide. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video NATO to Target Migrant Smugglers

    NATO has announced plans to send warships to the Aegean Sea to target migrant smugglers in the alliance's most direct intervention so far since a wave of people began trying to reach European shores.
    Video

    Video Russia's Catholics, Orthodox Hopeful on Historic Pope-Patriarch Meeting

    Russia's Catholic minority has welcomed an historic first meeting Friday in Cuba between the Pope and the Patriarch of Russia's dominant Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church split with Rome in 1054 and analysts say politics, both church and state, have been driving the relationship in the centuries since. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
    Video

    Video Used Books Get a New Life on the Streets of Lagos

    Used booksellers are importing books from abroad and selling them on the streets of Africa's largest city. What‘s popular with readers may surprise you. Chris Stein reports from Lagos.
    Video

    Video After NH Primaries All Eyes on South Carolina

    After Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, US presidential candidates swiftly turned to the next election coming up in South Carolina. The so-called “first-in-the-South” poll may help further narrow down the field of candidates. Zlatica Hoke reports.
    Video

    Video US Co-ed Selective Service Plan Stirs Controversy

    Young women may soon be required to register with the U.S. Selective Service System, the U.S. government agency charged with implementing a draft in a national emergency. Top Army and Marine Corps commanders told the Senate Armed Services Committee recently that women should register, and a bill has been introduced in Congress requiring eligible women to sign up for the military draft. The issue is stirring some controversy, as VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from New York.
    Video

    Video Lessons Learned From Ebola Might Help Fight Zika

    Now that the Ebola epidemic has ended in West Africa, Zika has the world's focus. And, as Carol Pearson reports, health experts and governments are applying some of the lessons learned during the Ebola crisis in Africa to fight the Zika virus in Latin America and the Caribbean.
    Video

    Video Smartphone Helps Grow Vegetables

    One day, you may be using your smartphone to grow your vegetables. A Taipei-based company has developed a farm cube — a small, enclosed ecosystem designed to grow plants indoors. The environment inside is automatically adjusted by the cube, but it can also be controlled through an app. VOA's Deborah Block has more on the gardening system.
    Video

    Video Illinois Voters Have Mixed Emotions on Obama’s Return to Springfield

    On the ninth anniversary of the launch of his quest for national office, President Barack Obama returned to Springfield, Illinois, to speak to the Illinois General Assembly, where he once served as state senator. His visit was met with mixed emotions by those with a front-row seat on his journey to the White House. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.
    Video

    Video Exhibit Turns da Vinci’s Drawings Into Real Objects

    In addition to being a successful artist, Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci designed many practical machines, some of which are still in use today, although in different forms. But a number of his projects were never realized — until today. VOA’s George Putic reports.
    Video

    Video Heated Immigration Debate Limits Britain’s Refugee Response

    Compared to many other European states, Britain has agreed to accept a relatively small number of Syrian refugees. Just over a thousand have arrived so far -- and some are being resettled in remote corners of the country. Henry Ridgwell reports on why Britain’s response has lagged behind its neighbors.
    Video

    Video Russia's Car Sales Shrink Overall, But Luxury and Economy Models See Growth

    Car sales in Russia dropped by more than a third in 2015 because of the country's economic woes. But, at the extreme ends of the car market, luxury vehicles and some economy brands are actually experiencing growth. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.