People in the Valley Discuss Gay Marriage

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

HARRISONBURG --On Tuesday and Wednesday, Prop 8 and the Defense Against Marriage Act or D.O.M.A will be brought to the Supreme Court. Political Scientist Dr. David McQuilkin said, he doesn't how broad the supreme court could interpret California's Prop 8.

"The general sense is going to make it a fairly narrow response. If they rule against California, it will only pertain to California," said Marshall.

D.O.M.A. Is a federal act that prohibits certain civil rights for same sex couples who want to get married. Dr. McQuilkin said, the Supreme Court is split and it's hard to predict what will happen.

"Where are we going to go from here, it's anybody's guess. My suspicion is, if the court does rule on unconstitutionality the decision will be very narrow. I don't think it will cover every instance, but I think it will cover the first major step in saying that same sex marriage is legitimate," said McQuilkin.

We took this issue to our WHSV Facebook page. We received many responses.

Mark Raymond wrote, God allows people to make choices. He never took free will away. Why should we? People should be able to do whatever they want so long nobody is hurt.

Tonya Hodge wrote,It's not gay rights. It's equal rights.

Others agree.

"I think that the generation, the younger generation, is a little bit more open minded and willing to give everyone the equal rights we all enjoy," said Erica Demson.

"I think it's fair that, when you have two people who are sure that they wanna spend the rest of their lives with someone, it's not the courts decision to determine if gender plays a factor in that," said Jack Knetemann.

We tried to reach out to other people who have an opposing opinion but they didn't want to comment on the matter.
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