PAULDING COUNTY, Ohio (WANE) – Just after 10:00 a.m. Friday, the Supreme Court justices issued their ruling, saying same-sex couples can marry in any state. The decision, which was 5 to 4, said the 14th amendment requires all 50 states to issue a marriage license between two people of the same-sex.
Justice Anthony Kennedy, who was the swing vote, wrote the opinion saying it would be a violation of equal protection to extend marriage rights only to heterosexual couples. This is the biggest expansion of marriage since the court struck down bans on interracial marriages in 1967.
Four states in particular had cases involved in the decision. Those include Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee, and Ohio.
The Ohio Probate Judges Association plans to discuss the ruling over the weekend. It’s expected to hand down its summary and review sometime on Monday. From there, judges across the state will be advised on how to move forward when it comes to same-sex marriage ceremonies and paperwork.
NewsChannel 15 talked to a handful of people in Paulding County, Ohio about the decision on Friday. While some call the ruling a disappointment, others said it’s a victory for not only their state, but the entire country.
Indifferent to Ruling:
“It don’t bother me at all. It’s none of my business. It is what they choose to do. It’s not for me, but there’s a lot of things that aren’t for me. If it makes them happy, then that’s what they need to do,” Richard Phlipot said. “We owe these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed my their creator with certain unalienable rights. Among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. If that’s what makes them happy, it looks like the forefathers in 1776 wrote it then.”
“Who is it for me. I’m not God, I don’t stand in judgement,” Karen Stevenson said.
“I think it’s great. I think it’s a big step forward for the country. I think universally it doesn’t matter if it’s a man and a woman or otherwise getting married. If two people love each other, they should absolutely have that opportunity legally for benefits and other such items. So, I think it’s a great move forward for the country today,” Michael Emans said. “It’s a very progressive move for the country, and I’m just really happy about it. It’s just a sensible thing to do. I’m not sure what else to say about it. It’s just a great move. It should’ve been done long ago and personally, I’m happy about it. I did expect it to happen in our lifetime. It’s just a matter of when, and I’m glad it’s now. As the generations change and as we move forward more with the generations, we’re going to see more changes like this and a more progressive style of thinking in these Midwest states.”
“It’s definitely a step forward. We shouldn’t be gender-biased. We shouldn’t be same-sex biased, or any of that. I really think it’s a good thing,” Sarah Craig said.
Doesn’t Support Ruling:
“I’m disappointed. I believe that God created the earth and he created the country of America. To go against his ruling is disappointing and I think it will have consequences for us in the future,” Jim Manz said. “I’m thankful from what it sounds like that they have tried to argue or tried to support biblical principles that says that marriage is between a man and a woman only. I’m thankful to hear that and just pray that God will have mercy on us and help us to overcome this decision.”
“Pretty sad. It’s disappointing as well. I definitely think that God created marriage between a man and a woman and also for child development as well in the future. I think they definitely need both the parent that is a mother and a father to fully nurture and develop a child,” Richard Hammond said. “I think it’s going to change a lot. I think it’s going to be hard for other questions, other families to explain that to their children and for that to be normal to other children as well. I think that will be really hard.”
Judges from Paulding, Van Wert, Defiance, and Mercer counties are all on the same page. They all said until the review from the state board comes down, they will accommodate same-sex couples. If a same-sex couple applies for a marriage license during this transition, the offices will simply modify the forms.
All four counties said no same-sex couples applied for marriage licenses Friday.