Local reaction to SCOTUS decision

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COLUMBUS, G.A.-  Many people in the Columbus area are celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

One same-sex couple headed to the Muscogee County Probate Court on Friday to get married by Judge Marc D’Antonio. James and Mario Jay Wherry are the first same-sex couple to get married in the county.

“I do believe marriage is the bedrock foundation of our society, and that it’s been in decline for 40 or 50 years and I certainly hope that same-sex couples can help rejuvenate it, revitalize it, give it the respect that it certainly is due,” James said.

Dozens of people later came out to show their support for the decision at a “Decision Day Celebration” hosted by COLGAY.

“Today, the people of the United States can celebrate that finally our Constitution is finally inclusive of everyone,” COLGAY member Jeremy Hobbs said.

But not everyone in the Columbus area views the ruling as a victory for this country.

Vince Allen, Bridge Church of Columbus Pastor, said he stands by his belief that marriage is between one man and one woman as established by God.

“Everything that’s right is not righteous. The law may afford us the opportunity to do it, but as Believers, it doesn’t mean that it’s God’s righteous cause. So I just think that in this day and age when laws are changing, we have to go back to the law of God and try to live as best we can by His Word,” Allen said.

Republican Georgia State Senator Josh McKoon is also against the new legislation.

Earlier this year, he introduced the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in the state legislature. The bill, in part, would allow business owners to refuse service to protect their religious beliefs. It passed the in the state Senate but is now stuck in the House Judiciary Committee.

“We’re very hopeful that the bill’s going to move forward next year, and I expect we’ll see some other religious liberty measures come forward in the wake of today’s court decision,” Sen. McKoon said.

McKoon said he’s hoping to move it through when they go back in session in January.

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