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03/30/06- East Texas

East Texans React to an East Coast Gay Marriage Ruling

by Larry Little

Wedding bells won't be ringing for gay couples in East Texas who thought about going to Massachusetts to get married. The Massachusetts State Supreme Court will uphold laws of states banning same sex marriages. Shawn Breaux supports gay rights. He got the news Thursday morning when he logged on to the Internet. "On one hand I agree because it is a law set in place but on the other hand you have to look at why it was created in the first place and that was to ban interracial marriage in Massachusetts. So if we are going to reflect on this, we need to reflect on if we are going to be repeating history and finding out years down the road we were wrong about gay couples," says Shawn Breaux.

Many East Texans disagree with Shaun. They welcome the decision from the high court. "I think it's very wrong myself. I really do. You just have to read your Bible, it says it's a sin and I think it is too," says Martha Sanches. But others disagree with the ruling. "I think that's wrong. I think that anybody in love in God's eye should be able to be married anywhere," says Delana Walker.

Some religious leaders in East Texas aren't overly excited about the law in Massachusetts, because they say it's always been the law of the church. Father Joe is a priest at St. Andrew's Catholic Church in Lufkin. "Sexuality is a precious gift from God. When we misuse the sexuality by men marrying men and women marrying women, it doesn't fulfill the creators purpose," says Father Jose Kannambuzha. "We won't to make laws based on the Bible but this is a democracy, freedom of choice to make your own decision. I believe that's how God wanted it to be and Jesus loves everyone," says Breaux.

The gay marriage debate will continue. But for now, gay couples in East Texas wanting to get married, will have to become residents of Massachusetts first.

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