Louisianians against same-sex marriage react to SCOTUS ruling on DOMA

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The highest court in the land struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act -- also known as DOMA. The ruling will allow same-sex spouses to receive certain federal benefits in states where their marriage is legal, but still some in Louisiana are concerned.

In a 5-to-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act-- an act that, for purposes of federal benefits like insurance, defined marriage as that between a man and a woman.

"The court did not issue a ruling saying that all states must recognize and allow same-sex marriages," said Southern University law professor Herb Brown.

In fact this ruling only applies in the 12 U.S. states and the District of Columbia----where same-sex marriages are recognized.

Brown says this ruling shows the idea of marriage equality is rapidly spreading across the country.

"That is what makes those individuals who are opponents of same-sex marriage concerned," said Brown. "They realize that this is keeping up with the momentum that more states will start to allow same-sex marriage."

While a change like that does not appear to be on the horizon for Louisiana, some here are still concerned that the possibility is even there.

"It's wrong in the eyes of the Lord, and if you believe in the Lord then it's wrong," said Judy Davenport, a Louisiana resident that does not agree with the ruling.

"I have a strong belief that marriage is between a man and a woman," said Michael Brown another opponent of the ruling. "If they want to make up some other kind of contract that would give gay persons, male-male or female-female, the same rights that's a different question. But as far as marriage, I'm sort of biblical on that."

"That definition of marriage is still in the constitution here in Louisiana," said Herb Brown. "But again I want to reiterate that this has definitely shown a momentum...a push towards having that equality in all 50 states."

With Louisiana being of one of the states which bans same-sex marriage, Gov. Bobby Jindal weighed in on the Supreme Court's ruling saying in a statement, "I believe every child deserves a mom and a dad. This opinion leaves the matter of marriage to the states where people can decide. In Louisiana, we will opt for traditional marriage."

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