HOUSTON - Local advocates for same sex marriage call Wednesday's dual Supreme Court rulings a home run but not a grand slam for the gay rights movement.
"This is a matter of equality. We want the same rights and privileges that are afforded to everybody else in our nation," said Noel Freeman with the Houston GLBT Political Caucus.
While same sex marriage is not recognized in Texas, the high court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act means same sex couples who were legally married in other states now have the rights to federal benefits.
Reverend Lisa Hunt of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church is celebrating the landmark decision. St. Stephen's was the first Episcopal Church in Houston to perform a same sex blessing.
"This is tied to civil rights as part of our community. AIDS decimated a good number of people at St. Stephen's over time and so the issues of justice for the LGBT people were already present among us," said Reverend Hunt.
Same sex marriage is not the law of the land and there is no immediate impact to Texas. Still, there is no question our laws and society's attitudes are changing. Opponents say that won't stop them from standing true and firm in their beliefs.
"That's not hating the people who are same sex, but how do we love them like we love everybody else and invite them to come to the Lord and challenge them like everybody else to live out the biblical standards that we have.," said Pastor Jerry Martin, speaking on behalf of the Houston Area Pastors Council.
Local gay marriage opponents say they're not planning any marches or protests. Instead they say they'll continue to work just as hard at promoting biblical values.
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