H-SAN LUIS OBISPO

Mar 26, 2013 9:38 PM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Locals react to Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage

It could be until June before the United State Supreme Court makes a decision on Prop 8, but the issue still remains a hot topic here at home. Some local proponents for same-sex marriage told KSBY News that it's all about equality, while some local opponents said marriage should be kept between a man and a woman.

San Luis Obispo couple Kris Gottlieb and her fiancee said on Tuesday that the Supreme Court hearing was a historic day, because it could be a step toward validating and recognizing their relationship. Gottlieb said they want to get married, not only because they feel that is an equal right they deserve, but because they want the same legal benefits that a straight married couple receives.

Calvary SLO Church associate pastor James Rey said the definition of marriage is best defined as between a man and a woman, but he said that in no way means the love between same-sex couples is not valid.

"To be pro man-woman-marriage is not meant to be discriminatory towards anyone else, it's just saying that when it comes to the institution of marriage, it's best defined in those terms by what we believed for thousands of years," said Rey.

Gottlieb said, "Love is love, and right now, the state of California is telling me that my love with my partner is not quite as deserving as the love between, say, my brother and his wife."

Pastor Rey said he believes in love for everyone, but the emphasis to him, is not to redefine the terms of marriage that his church believes.

The Supreme Court will continue to hear arguments tomorrow, this time on a challenge to the Federal Defense of Marriage Act.

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