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Springfield Reaction from Supreme Court’s DOMA Ruling

U.S. Supreme Court Building
The U.S. Supreme Court Building in Washington, D.C.

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.