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Michiana reacts to same-sex marriage rulings

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Two big rulings from the Supreme Court on same sex marriage came Wednesday.

In Michiana, people on both sides of the issue are reacting to the rulings.

Wednesday, we spoke with the same three people we talked to back when the Supreme Court was hearing the arguments in the gay marriage cases in March.

Two are elated with the decisions, the other, not so much.

"Amazing. Can't believe it," says David Seymour. He and Joel Barrett got married in New York earlier this year, where it's legal.

They're hopeful Wednesday's Supreme Court decisions will pave the way for them to receive the same benefits as straight couples, here in Indiana.

"It was a 50-50 tossup wondering whether it was really going to happen or not. So that fact that it did today is really big. Really encouraging," says Barrett.

They say it's just a start.

Gay marriage is still illegal in Indiana and Wednesday's rulings did nothing to change that, but the couple believes it's a step in the right direction.

"It'll take a little time, but it's the biggest step to kind of set everything in motion," says Seymour.

It's a step Patrick Mangan with the Citizens for Community Values of Indiana says was the wrong move.

"This change today is significant, it's important, it's disappointing, it's outrageous and it should be reversed," says Mangan.

Mangan says marriage should only be between one man and one woman.
He says it's a proven institution that's held up for thousands of years and the Court's decision has split the nation.

"I think that the Heartland is going to respond to the fact that traditional marriage is still the eternal norm. In spite of what the court may have undertaken to do here," says Mangan.

For Seymour and Barrett, the rulings are a rallying cry to work towards nationwide marriage equality.


For Mangan, it's a call for states to keep that from happening.

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