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E. Texans voice opinions about DOMA decision

Wednesday history was made as the Supreme Court voted to rule against the Defense of Marriage Act, stating same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples deserve the same rights.

DOMA was signed in 1996 by President Bill Clinton, the act prevented same-sex couples from receiving hundreds of benefits under federal law.

 "It tells Americans the justice system doesn't care who you love just that you're receiving equal and fair treatment I the eyes of the law," said Chris Daniel.

Senior Pastor of Harmony Hill Baptist Church John Greene says the issue of gay rights isn't about people having freedom but an issue of right and wrong.

 "There is no national definition of marriage and now the definition is up for grab," said Greene.

 The White House released a statement from President Obama on the ruling he stated, "When all Americans are treated as equals, no matter who they are or whom they love we are all more free."

 But Greene says the ruling makes him concerned for the future of this country.

"You maybe can define it by something else buts it should never be called marriage," said Greene.

Nac Pride President Chris Daniels says he hopes the decision opens the eyes of the community and they realize everyone deserves equal treatment.

 "It's not about taking rights away from the state it's a matter of protecting the rights of all citizens."

Now 12 states and the District of Columbia allow same sex marriages.

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