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Local reaction to Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage

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MONROE La. (KNOE 8 News) - A Supreme Court ruling, was met with mixed reaction in Monroe.

"The whole thing is wrong, morally wrong," said Gloria Madden of West Monroe.

"If you are an American, all your rights should be equal," said Janice Webb of Monroe.

For the lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender community it was a huge victory.

But for others, is was a major defeat.

The Supreme Court said a key provision to the defense of marriage act is unconstitutional.

In place since 1996, the law did not acknowledge same-sex marriages by giving them federal benefits.

"Including marriage, voting, paying taxes, doing all the things that us as Americans get to do," said Webb.

And the Supreme Court said that Defense of Marriage Act violated citizens Protection of Equal Liberty, but only 13 states in the U.S allow gay marriage, and Louisiana isn't one of them.

"I think the south is going to be slow it's going be real slow. I would like to see in my lifetime same-sex marriage acknowledged in Louisiana, and performed in Louisiana," said Webb.

Gloria Madden, a strong Christian, says same-sex relationships are sinful, and should strictly be between a man and a woman.

"I think it's awful. I'm certainly against gay marriages to begin with. So thus far our state has not legalized that which I hope they do not," said Madden.

And the Catholic Church has generally stood firm on marriage being between a man and woman, but a local priest says that could be changing.

"Literalists of the bible would say this should not be, but I don't think that's what the bible says. I don't think that's what is being presented in the bible. The Catholic Church is not there yet, but I think down the line we may change our position and look at the wider spectrum of it. But we're not there yet. That's for sure," said Father Adrian Fisher.

The Supreme Court did not rule on the constitutionality of California's Proposition 8, and that means states with amendments, like Louisiana, will still ban gay marriage.

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