Appeals Court Overturns California's Marriage Protection Law

A ruling by a California court could eventually have an impact on people in Mississippi and Alabama.
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that bans on same-sex marriage are unconstitutional.

The ruling likely means the case is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court, which could decide what to do with similar bans in dozens of states, including Mississippi and Alabama.

Reaction was mixed in a sampling of public opinion in Meridian Tuesday.

Some say they don't feel gay couples should have the same rights as couples of the opposite sex. Others say people should have a right to marry whoever they want.

"To each their own, really," said Rachel Clatterbuck. "I mean, if you want to be married to the same sex or the opposite sex, that's fine too."

"Honestly, me as a Christian, I believe that God made Adam and Eve," said Any Currie. "And it might sound derogatory or something like that, but not Adam and Steve."

"I don't approve of gay marriage. I think it should be illegal," said Joy Reese. "And I'm hoping they can work it out so it remains illegal so that it doesn't spread to Mississippi."

"I think it's great. I mean if a couple is happy, who are we to get in the way of their happiness?" said Stacey Williams. "So I don't see any reason why they couldn't be together legally."

Same-sex marriage is only legal in six states right now: Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and New York.

Four other states do not allow same-sex marriage, but do recognize it from other states.

Thirty-one states have provisions in their constitutions that define marriage as between one man and one woman. Those include Mississippi and Alabama.

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