March 22nd, 2013
12:17 AM ET

Married same sex couple awaits epic high court appeal

The wedding photo shows the happy couple poised to kiss, ready to begin an adventure that has now taken them to the U.S. Supreme Court.

For Karane and Jamelle Thomas-Williams, this is a fight for recognition by the federal government of their legal same-sex union, part of a landmark constitutional appeal over same-sex marriage and "equal protection." Their love has united them, but the larger social issue has split the country for more than four decades.

The Washington, D.C., couple legally married last October, but not in the eyes of some of their employers or elected leaders.

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  1. chrissy

    This just proves my point! Marriage is like a three ring circus. First you get the engagement RING, then you get the wedding RING, then you get the sufferRING!

    March 22, 2013 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Rascal Rabble

    that is just ludicrous to attempt bonafide such dElUsIOnS...there is no such thing as samessx marriage!

    March 22, 2013 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Yes, there is. Please try telling that to the tens of thousands of couples that are already legally wed.
      It's more delusional to think that it doesn't happen. Sorry.

      March 22, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Your procreation argument is negated for the following reasons:
      We do not inquire whether heterosexual couples intend to bear children, or have the capacity to have children, before we allow them to marry. We permit marriage by the elderly, by prison inmates, and by persons who have no intention of having children.
      I am not delusional; I need no meds. You, however, need to stop being a bigot.

      March 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      who is "we" and why are my comments are deleted? I do not support the destruction and the underminings of societal or human building blocks...does the truth hurts "we" that much?

      March 23, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      you are delusional to deny truths about what sustains life and humanity and family...and you are insane to insists others agree with your delusions!

      March 23, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      that kind of arrogance requires treatment and medication. It also violates the rights of innocent
      children who are wrongfully denied the full principles of its existence in the first place which is that of both parents: a mother and a father...

      March 23, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      WE being the states.
      Are you in favor of denying all of the people illustrated above the right to marry because it will produce no progeny? Figures.

      March 23, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      @bani you like taking my words outtah context...it is what it is...marriage isn't a declaration of the state nor the figment of the church...it is what humanity is...human beings proceed from a union of a man and a woman...and that person is nutured in the confines of the same union...which is known as family.

      March 23, 2013 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      You are the one attempting to redefine marriage to suit your own bias. You also asked who "we" is, and I answered you.

      March 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      no you are trying to redefine marriage...it has already been define and written in creation...teeming life and teeming things are proofs...

      March 23, 2013 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Nope. Not trying to redefine anything; just wanting all humans to be able to have the same rights and privileges afforded to everyone under the 14th Amendment. Everyone should be able to marry whom they love.

      March 23, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cherries

      you like taking my words outtah context...it is what it is...marriage isn't a declaration of the state nor the figment of the church...it is what humanity is...human beings proceed from a union of a man and a woman...and that person is nutured in the confines of the same union...which is known as family.
      There was no taking words out of context, and marriage IS defined by humanity. There is no valid reaso, as banasy pointed out, why anyone who can legally consent to marry should be denied that right. Human beings proceed from a variety of things; bemarried isn't for the sole purpose of creating progeny. It would be far simpler to realize that, even if you find gay marriage PERSONALLY not to your liking. It doesn't concern you. And it shouldn't.

      March 23, 2013 at 10:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rascal Rabble

    ...and i'm not speaking figuratively of parental roles as those who support samessx "marriage" would also insist others to believe...

    March 23, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Meaning what?
      You don't have to "believe" anything. I support equal rights. I hasn't been that long since Loving. I support that, too. Do you?

      March 23, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      this is not about emotions...it's abot facts...you attempting to redefine or obliterate mother, father, man, woman...you want the world to be androgynous...without any identifiers...genderless...so no labels no restrictions...you kno' licentiousness...that is really your bull's eye
      target...

      March 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      you are enemies of virtue and love

      March 23, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      The fact is, I am not doing anything of the sort; the fact is, I am in favor of equal rights for every citizen. The fact is, you are not.

      March 23, 2013 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      awl...just...cut...it...out!!!! NO such thing exist as a RIGHT to do wrong...

      March 23, 2013 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Equal rights are not predicated on what YOU think is wrong, thankfully.

      March 23, 2013 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cherries

      It appears YOU are arguing out of emotion, Rascal Rabble. You find gay people icky, therefore you would deny them rights merely because you don't like them.
      This fight for rights will continue whether you like it or not. Your approval is not needed.

      March 23, 2013 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      speak for yourself cher...

      March 24, 2013 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rascal Rabble

    ...it is detestable to decieve the innocent just as it's horrid to place children in such unions

    March 23, 2013 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      ...for these "unions" trully are not...marriages...rather they are in direct contradiction to life's and society's sustaining principles which largely rest within a family structure whose procreation is facilitated on the principles of one man to one woman.

      March 23, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      You do realize that every gay person was born of straight parents, correct?

      March 23, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      And what is detestable is that anyone, anyone at all, would espouse letting unwanted children languish in foster care and orphanages instead of letting a loving, committed couple adopt them. Shame on you. You are supposed to care about what happens to children...unless you only care about controlling the womb and not the after birth?

      March 23, 2013 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      you're raging and ranting...

      March 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      No, I am not ranting and raving; I am, however answering your diatribe.

      March 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rascal Rabble

      diatribe???...i think the friends of dorothy have gone to your head...you forget it was a dreaaaaaaaaaammm!

      March 23, 2013 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Does the meaning of diatribe esacpe you? Here is the definition: a bitter, sharply abusive denunciation, attack, or criticism.

      March 23, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Lol. Someone who keeps insisting that there is no such thing as same sex marriage when there are thousands legally wed is the one who is clearly in need of meds to come to grips with their delusions, not to mention a bit of anger management thrown in.

    March 23, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rascal Rabble

    excuse me while i step over you with my arguement...

    March 23, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rascal Rabble

    you mentioned church...I didn't...you insult every founding father of philosphy...you are violators of every natural law...

    March 23, 2013 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rascal Rabble

    you have no rhyme or reason for what you do other than being full of hate and just evil...and life really kills YOU...and that is why you are sooo against it...

    March 23, 2013 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sofa King

    I am with Rascal Rabble. I hate the the government is forcing me to be gay.

    March 23, 2013 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    "you have no rhyme or reason for what you do other than being full of hate and just evil…and life really kills YOU…and that is why you are sooo against it…"

    You have described your stance on equal rights for all perfectly.

    March 23, 2013 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rascal Rabble

    the nothing equal about samssxmarriages...it is deficient of all that is required to be a family and a union and a marriage and it is not even human...

    March 23, 2013 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rascal Rabble

    no thankyou, mr "end religion" duncecap...iam comfortable where iam...in the front

    March 23, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    No legal reason to deny equal rights to two consenting adults who wish to marry, no matter what race, creed, or gender they are. Denying gay people the right to mary is denying them equal protection under the 14th. And calling them non-human is hate speech and downright bigotry; the same thing used to be hurled at black people on a regular basis.

    March 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    As you should be. Equal rights made that happen.

    March 23, 2013 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mary

    I believe this conversation should be Mans version of Marriage -VS – Gods, who by the way originally ordained it.
    The ceremonial Marriage has moved so far away from Gods, that it in no way reflective of its intended purpose.
    Does anyone really think that you can place your hand on a bible while reciting the oath of office and still say you are a practicing Christian? This Bible clearly does not condone same s e x marriage.

    March 23, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      The issue is giving every person in this secular US the same civil protections under the 14th, Mary. Churches may do what they please.
      The "Not a TRUE Scotsman" argument about a Christian doesn't enter into it.
      Not everyone is a Christian. Not everyone even believes in God; therefore His laws do not apply.

      March 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm | Report abuse |
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