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Local Reaction to SCOTUS Same Sex Rulings

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 Here in our area both sides of the Same Sex Marriage issue are sounding off and emotions run high on both sides of the issue. The federal government will now honor same sex marriages in states that acknowledge the unions. But as for here in the ArkLaTex, both sides agree that despite today's ruling.. not much has changed in our area. Adrienne Critcher works for PACE, People Acting for Change and Equality. Her son is gay and she says she's happy with the supreme courts ruling. "It's discouraging that we have to spend the time that could be spent on something else just fighting for the basic constitutional rights for our family. Everybody should be sympathetic to that. Who want's to have their personal rights voted on by everybody else. Imagine having to go up and down streets having to say, 'I want to get married to the person I love, can I get your vote on this?'"

Ed Baswell is a pastor at Clarion Church. He says because of his religious beliefs, he can't support the decision. "I believe it's another step backwards. I think the culture has declined just a little bit more. In the Scripture, it's very clear that homosexuality is defined as a sin. And God loves the sinner, but hates the sin."

The supreme court ruled that section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. That means if you live in a state where gay marriage is legal, then the federal government will grant same sex couples access to federal benefits that heterosexual couples have. Frances Kelley works for Equality Louisiana. "In Louisiana, we still have to work to get marriage equality here but the decision today can make that work a whole lot easier."

Theron Jackson is the pastor of Morning Star Baptist Church. "The ruling had something to do with what happened on the federal level with states that recognize gay marriage and Louisiana is not one of those states."

Supporters are having rallies and parties nationwide. Here in Shreveport PACE and marriage equality supporters will gather at Marilyn's place Wednesday at 8 to celebrate what they say is a historic day.


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