Tulsans React to Same-Sex Marriage Supreme Court Decisions
By Caitlin Alexander
The Supreme Court's decisions regarding same-sex marriage Wednesday have Tulsans talking.About 70 people gathered at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center Wednesday morning to watch the decisions. The Supreme Court extended federal benefits to married same-sex couples in states that have same-sex marriage. It also cleared the way for same-sex marriage in California.Rusty Clyma and his husband were married in California and now reside in Oklahoma."We just had to be down here for this Prop 8 and hoping against hope that it did pass the way it did, so this is good," Clyma said. He is a bishop for the Inclusive Celtic Church, where they use inclusive language and "everyone is welcome."Still, Equality Center Advocacy Chair Mike Redman acknowledged that Wednesday's decisions are bittersweet for Oklahoma."If a married couple lives in Oklahoma, they still will not be entitled to federal benefits. That will be the next lawsuit down the road," Redman said. He also said there is currently a lawsuit in Oklahoma regarding marriage equality.Channel 8 also spoke with several Tulsa residents that do not support same-sex marriage. One man who did not want to be identified said he respects the Supreme Court's decision but does not support homosexuality in general."I just grew up in the country, and I don't believe in anything that's ungodly and unnatural," he said.
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