West Virginians Join in on Gay Marriage Debate
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on April 01, 2013 @ 12:28PM
Created on March 30, 2013 @ 8:18PM
While Congress continues to debate the constitutional right of gay marriage, West Virginia residents have opinions of their own.
Folks in the Mountain State feel strongly about the issue, but there's very little legislation to do with gay marriage. Attempts to amend the state marriage law have been voted down throughout the last few years, including a 2009 attempt to ban same sex marriage.
While it isn't banned here in the Mountain State, same-sex couples do not have the same rights or protections as heterosexual couples. U.S. Senator Jay Rockefeller, (D) W.Va. voted for the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996, but he announced last week that he didn't think the government should discriminate against couples who want to marry just because of their gender.
Cultural changes and a more open generation have sparked changes in opinion for him and many others. Some people said while they think marriage is for a man and a woman, they accept that other people feel differently.
"They have their own right and privilege to do what they want and if they want to be married to each other, then that's their right," said a supporter of gay rights.
While many will fight the courts for gay marriage over the next few weeks, some said the government has nothing to do with it.
"I disapprove of it very highly, because its unnatural and very abnormal," said one opponent of gay marriage.
"Who do you believe, God or what the system promotes?" said another.
The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments for both sides of the issue surrounding Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act over the coming weeks.
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