Gay Marriage Debate

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Today, the Supreme Court heard more oral arguments on Prop 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage.

While arguments were being made in Washington. Those here in Bowling Green spoke about their arguments for and against gay marriage.

"Personally and from the church's perspective, we believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. We've always held that, and we'll always hold that as a church," said Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Pastor Andy Toops.

While his church does not advocate same-sex marriage, Pastor Toops says the attitude toward a person should remain positive.

"Love the sinner. Hate the sin. Whether I believe homosexuality is a sin, or living together, or divorce, or whatever it may be... I still love the person," said Toops.

One local psychologist says a decision in favor of same-sex marriage may be what the country needs.

"I definitely support it. I think for our gay and lesbian people in this country, for their psychological health, for their physical health, that it's going to be a good thing to have marriage equality," said WKU staff psychologist Eric Manley.

Manley says the it isn't just about the acceptance factor, a decision in favor could carry other legal benefits.

"Gay and Lesbian people will be able to carry their partner's health insurance," said Manley.

Manley thinks a decision in favor will also mark another historic milestone for civil liberty.

"It will provide one of the last few civil rights sorts of issues to work through," said Manley.

Pastor Toops says regardless of the outcome, it opens the door for more conversation.

"When the Supreme Court does come down with their response to this in June, or whenever it's going to be, somebody is going to lose. Either we fuss and fight and crab and moan about it, or we sit down and talk it out," said Pastor Toops.

For now, the Supreme Court will be faced with the decision of whether the Constitution lays the ground rules for marriage. They decide the Constitution requires states to allow same-sex couples to marry, or they could decide the Constitution doesn't specify what defines marriage, leaving the responsibility to the states.

To hear audio from today's oral arguments on the issue, see the link below.

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