SPOKANE, Wash. - Local supporters of same-sex marriage celebrated as news broke Wednesday of the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to strike down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples. Opponents in Washington State, however, believe the court did not re-define marriage.
The LGBT community in Spokane said striking down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act helps the rest of the country join Washington State, where same-sex marriage became legal in 2012.
"This is now going to lead the way for our other states to now start passing and approving same-sex marriages in other states,” said Marvo Reguindin, General Manager of the advocacy group Inland Northwest Business Alliance.
Opponents of the Supreme Court rulings responded quickly. The Family Policy Institute of Washington issued a statement after the decision on its website, saying:
“The Supreme Court got it wrong when it said that the state can tell the Federal Government how it must define marriage. The Federal Government, on behalf of those who elected them, should be able to recognize the unique value of relationships that provide children a mother and father.”
While the rulings by the high court are viewed as a victory for gay couples, opponents say the court avoided language changing the definition of marriage.
“…those who want to redefine marriage suffered an important defeat today,” read a section of the Family Policy Institute statement. “The Supreme Court refused to declare a constitutional right to same-sex ‘marriage,’ and rejected their request to impose a redefinition of marriage on all fifty states.”
Members of the local LGBT community told KREM 2 News they do not believe the Supreme Court decision will be reversed and will only gain more support in the future.