I've heard Christians all over the board in response to the ruling by the Supreme Court that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Here are a few of my thoughts going forward. Each of these could be elaborated in much more detail, but I'll just mention them briefly.
1. Be thankful.
If we can't just go along with the surrounding culture's definition, we might have to do some serious reflection as we ask: what exactly is marriage? I'm thankful for this because I don't think Christians have asked this question often enough or deeply enough.
3. Finally realize there's actually a difference between the church and the world!
4. Read 1 Cor. 6 before you bash the Supreme Court
5. Re-think our wedding practices.
6. Re-think our divorce practices.
One thing that always bothers me: if conservative Christians want to make sure the law of the land matches biblical teaching, why aren't they being more vocal about overturning no-fault divorce law? The New Testament does not allow for such a thing. There are real reasons for which divorce can be sought in the Bible, but "irreconcilable differences" are not one of them, precisely because to assume that something is "irreconcilable" dnies the power of the cross and the Spirit.
7. Re-think our theology of children and contraception.
Part of the traditional Christian argument against same-sex sexual activity is that it is divorced from procreation. If that argument is correct, then many straight married Christians are basically committing the same sin as same-sex couples. I don't note this to sound judgmental (sorry if it does), but simply to raise this point, about which I find many Protestants to be woefully ignorant. (For a brief overview, see "How Protestants Learned to Love the Pill.")