Ohio Valley Reacts to Defense of Marriage Act Dismissal


The Supreme Court voted Wednesday that legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

Supporters also applauded a ruling that clears the way for same-sex marriages to resume in California. 

WTRF wanted to know what the Ohio Valley had to say about the decision.

Mary Kahle was not pleased with the decision, "I don't think that god intended men to marry men or women to marry women and it's not that I don't like the people." Kahle said. "They're probably nice but I don't approve of it, I don't think they should make anything legal for those people."

Jay Hercules had a different opinion. Hercules said, "I honestly don't believe there should be any special consideration for heterosexual or homosexual married people," Hercules said. "I don't think the government should be involved in marriage as a whole."

Kevin Fogle of Wheeling believes,  "I don't think gays should be separated at all, they're people too, it doesn't effect me, I mean go for it."

Harold Wright described himself as having an "oddball" opinion on the matter. "I think I would like to see a change in that benefit," Wright said. "Instead of some sort of tax benefit for being married, collect some sort of child allowance when there are children are born within a marriage or household, that would include same sex partners if that's what they wish to do."

John Artimez of Bordas & Bordas Law Offices in Wheeling broke down what the decision means legally. "It doesn't mean that every state in the union has to recognize same sex marriage," said Artimez. "It just means that the ones that do are going to be afforded what we refer to as full faith and credit by the federal government."


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