El Pasoans react to SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage and partner benefits

El Pasoans react to SCOTUS ruling on gay marriage and partner benefits

POSTED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 11:07pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 11:30pm

The Supreme Court took a big step towards recognition of same-sex marriage today. But exactly how that will affect El Pasoans is now up in the air.

"It's love no matter who loves who. From a human rights perspective that's very good. They're now allowed the same rights as heterosexual couples,” said one UTEP student.

A common answer, was the difference between human rights and religious beliefs..

"It would be a human right, but religiously, it is against the word of God to what is in the bible," said a local El Pasoan.

Another student sounded off.

"Win for equality, but I could see why certain people from certain religions or certain beliefs many not find that to be ok.”

State Representative Naomi Gonzalez acknowledged it as well.

"I understand that this is gonna create a lot of controversy but I think the legal conclusions that were reached were proper under the constitution that we have in place," said Gonzalez.

One woman said the ruling further justified her beliefs.

"Everyone has a right to their own life and what they want to do with it so if the U.S. Supreme Court is not only justifying but supporting their decision and their lifestyle, then I am completely for it and I've always been.”

Opponents of same-sex marriage saw both peril and promise in the rulings, expressing dismay in the court's decision on the defense of marriage act but taking some comfort in the decision not to dismantle same-sex marriage bans nationwide.

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