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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that part of the Defense of Marriage Act, which defined marriage as a legal union between a man and a woman, was unconstitutional. While the state of Missouri does not recognize same-sex marriages, the decision is seen as a solid victory for the gay and lesbian community. KSMU's Amber Carr has local reaction.
A few hours after the Court’s announcement; we found several people along the square in Springfield who offered their opinion on the historic ruling.
Elizabeth: “Hi, my name is Elizabeth and I’m from Springfield, MO and my reaction is yay finally!”
John: “My name is John, I’m from St. Louis, MO. I do not believe in gay marriage. I’m sorry, God made man and woman so I do not believe they should have the same rights as a man and woman married cuz they should not get the same benefits, doesn’t matter how long they’ve been together.”
Nivedha: “My name is Nivedha and I’m from the Missouri State University, I study here, so I personally think that they have every right. It should be like an equal thing for everyone, right? So, I personally think that it’s totally right.”
Byron: “My name is Byron. I’m from San Francisco, CA. My position is simple; if this country was founded on God, principles, and Christianity to get a free country then we need to stand behind what the Bible says. I don’t say discriminate against gays, it’s a sin against… just like we are all sinners, but I don’t think it is fair that they should be acknowledged. I just think they should deal with that with God.”
Kanisha: “My name is Kanisha Carter and I’m from Kennett, MO and I think that it’s great. I feel like they should have the same rights as us. It’s everybody; everybody was created equal so I feel like it was great.”
Tim: “My name is Tim Pilla and I don’t really mind one way or another on gay rights.”
The court's ruling was a 5-4 decision.
For KSMU News, I'm Amber Carr.