Here are some of the week’s most notable quotes culled from news reports from across Texas, and beyond.
Federal Judge Stephen Reinhardt, dismissing arguments by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter that same-sex marriage would make the institution of marriage “more adult-centric and less child-centric.”
We seriously doubt that allowing committed same-sex couples to settle down in legally recognized marriages will drive opposite-sex couples to sex, drugs, and rock-and-roll.
The Rev. George Mason, senior pastor at Wilshire Baptist Church in Dallas, speaking about the fiancee of Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian man who died from Ebola this week at a Dallas hospital. At a time when those close to Ebola patients are often shunned, Mason’s church has been helping the people with whom Duncan was living when he became ill.
It’s certainly a terrible thing that’s happened, and we are mortified by it like everyone else, and we’re prayerful. But at the same time, she’s one of us. She’s part of our church. She is a full-fledged member. We love and care for her, and this is what we do as a church. We treat people as people and not as patients.
Michael Che on Saturday Night Live’s “Weekend Update,” noting the extra burdens on Texas teachers.
You know who I feel bad for? Texas schoolteachers. I mean, it’s hard enough going to school and teaching kids that God created the world in like, 1942, and the first two people were John Wayne and Barbara Bush. But now you gotta deal with 6 foot country boys coughing up a monkey disease.
Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision to not hear any cases on marriage bans this term.
This is a total dereliction of duty. The Supreme Court abandoned its duty to take up or at least hold these marriage cases. The responsibility for the undermining of marriage rests solely at the U.S. Supreme Court. […] When the people lose confidence in the rule of law, the judiciary will lose is legitimacy. Everyone will be affected by same-sex marriage because it is an intolerant agenda that will directly collide with religious freedom.
The American Family Association’s Bryan Fischer, continuing his meltdown over Monday’s Supreme Court refusal to hear appeals to lower court rulings overturning same-sex marriage bans.
Today’s Supreme Court ruling is the Dred Scott of gay marriage. Legalizes something morally indefensible.