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Cory Booker Destroys Christian Heckler at NJ Gay Marriage Ceremony: VIDEO


Earlier we posted a shorter video of the marriage equality proceedings officiated by Newark mayor Cory Booker last night. Before he married Orville Bell and Joseph Panessidi, Booker asked, "I must ask if there's anyone present here today that should know of any reason why Joseph and Orville should not be married, speak now or forever hold your peace."

Screamed a heckler. "This is unlawful in the eyes of God!"

Booker then had the heckler removed, and continued to cheers...

"Not hearing any substantive, worthy objections, I now will proceed."


(clip via jmg)

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  1. Ha. And the expected low back from a Christian right will be ineffectual as well as it should be .

    Posted by: Mike | Oct 21, 2013 9:43:13 AM

  2. Nicely put CB.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Oct 21, 2013 9:44:32 AM

  3. Thor never said anything about the marriage of consenting adults.

    Posted by: Joesph Foster | Oct 21, 2013 9:46:56 AM

  4. 'God'sounds like an utter @$$hole.

    People who believe in 'god' really seem to be defined by their hatred and bigotry.

    Atheism is increasing massively thanks to the sheer evil of religion.

    Posted by: MaryM | Oct 21, 2013 9:49:07 AM

  5. There is a God, and he/she/it values love above everything else. Go New Jersey!

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 21, 2013 9:55:07 AM

  6. I second Jack M's comments.

    Posted by: CGD | Oct 21, 2013 9:58:38 AM

  7. Congratulations to all who were married by Mayor Cory Booker in the Great State of New Jersey! I believe there were 7 couples married right after midnight; gay, lesbian and straight. Congratulations to Mr. Booker who hadn't married ANYONE since he became mayor because of his conviction to marry no one until marriage was equal for everyone. Congratulations to all who have been married in our state this 21st day of October, 2013!
    Our marriages are equal. We are equal!

    Posted by: JT | Oct 21, 2013 9:59:03 AM

  8. Jack M - there is no 'god'.

    Belief in 'god' is a lifestyle choice.

    Nothing more.

    Religious people are being wilfully ignorant.

    Posted by: MaryM | Oct 21, 2013 10:02:07 AM

  9. Asking at the ceremony if there is any one present who knows of a reason why two people should not be married is archaic. It derives from a time when public records were scant and virginity was expected. I do not ask this question weddings I conduct. I do ask the couple before the wedding, when I visit with them. This question should not be asked at the ceremony.

    Posted by: revchicoucc | Oct 21, 2013 10:10:41 AM

  10. Actually Jack M, gods are created to control and suppress people for those that are in power at the time, and created so the weak will not be so scared. Gods don't exist and the reasons you think your god exists over all the many other gods is pure delusion.

    I'd love the Viking religion, Buddhism, Hindu, Shinto, Lovecraft mythology, and Taoism to exist, but in reality they don't.

    Posted by: Hyde | Oct 21, 2013 10:13:29 AM

  11. @revchicoucc,

    That line is usually not quoted in many marriage ceremonies these days, I'm very surprised that was used especially in such a potentially contentious situation as this one.

    Posted by: johnny | Oct 21, 2013 10:18:41 AM

  12. Oh, please. Atheists aint no better than believers. Many come across as arrogant and pompous. They've just never been in a position to kill those who do believe. They would if they could.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 21, 2013 10:24:59 AM

  13. Whether you believe in a god or not, it's important that citizens understand that their religious views are subordinate to the civil rights of others.

    Posted by: plinx | Oct 21, 2013 10:31:54 AM

  14. Killing people 'who believe' is not in my Gay-Atheist agenda booklett, Derrick.

    Would you mind pointing out what page and paragraph?

    we'll all wait for your links.

    Oh, Wait!

    It's 'them religious folks' who all have books from their 'gods' that tell their believers to kill non-believers.

    So, "Derrick=Moron" is the Atheist Motto-of-the-day.

    Posted by: jenny 0 | Oct 21, 2013 10:38:39 AM

  15. @ "Whether you believe in a god or not, it's important that citizens understand that their religious views are subordinate to the civil rights of others."

    Absolutely, PHLINX. And there are many folks of faith who are not religious fanatics forcing their views on other citizens.

    Yes, there has been inhumane damage done by "religious" folks, but blanket negative beliefs about any group are too easy...unless it's a hate group or NAMBLA or some such nonsense.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 21, 2013 10:40:54 AM

  16. separation of church and state....

    Posted by: Tim Lorenz | Oct 21, 2013 10:43:35 AM

  17. JENNY O,

    you pretentious b.tch. Your f.cking arrogance tells me what kind of thoughtless sh.t you are capable of.

    How many Gay people of faith come on this blog to insult and question the intelligence of those of you who are atheist?

    "JENNY O = Lying B.tch" should be every reasonable person's motto of the day.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 21, 2013 10:46:55 AM

  18. I blubbed all the way through this. What a wonderful way to kick off Monday morning.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Oct 21, 2013 10:48:37 AM

  19. I support Cory, but unfortunately, the so called "Christian Right" will use that statement against him. I can just see it on the bumper stickers and the campaign ads now.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Oct 21, 2013 11:00:20 AM

  20. Hey JENNY,

    read this discussion so far. Who said something negative to a commentator first? JACK M made a simple statement about his faith that shouldn't have offended anyone. He was met with an insult and called "ignorant".

    Now, if you want to trade name-calling insults on this blog, and if Andy Towle allows picked the right faggot today, faggot.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 21, 2013 11:02:41 AM

  21. For those who believe in god or their religion,have all the right to do so,however.. those among them who try to convert or prevent others from thinking differently then they do that are hypocrites and bigots of the worst kind!

    Posted by: Jerry Pritikin the bleacher Preacher | Oct 21, 2013 11:03:26 AM

  22. Religion is a force for enormous evil and bigotry - unlike atheism.

    Religion is a disgusting lifestyle choice.

    Posted by: MaryM | Oct 21, 2013 11:05:53 AM

  23. Of course there are no gods and this is what comes from being indoctrinated into believing that there are. They behave like petulant children when you deny their superstition. Time to grow up and leave the nasty fairy tales behind.

    Free yourself from religion and you free yourself from hate.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Oct 21, 2013 11:09:36 AM

  24. Christians are assholes. Period and end of discussion.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Oct 21, 2013 11:25:34 AM

  25. So happy to see justice served, now tha the Gay community is much closer to EQUALITY, DON'T FORGET ABOUT THE "T " , NO I don't mean Crystal Meth < I mean you TRASGENDER SISTERS, specially TRANSGENDER WOMEN OF COLOR, BECAUSE LIFE EXPENTANCY FOR TWoC IS ONLY 25 YEARS'

    Yours truly

    Posted by: BROOKE CERDA | Oct 21, 2013 12:22:58 PM

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