With the Supreme Court ruling in favor of same sex marriage residents from all 50 states are voicing their opinions in various forums. With that in mind, our area of South Texas caters to a diverse population that consists of traditional and same sex couples.
With the ruling handed down by the Supreme Court only days old many are speaking out to either praise or criticize the courts decision. While certain parties feel the issue violates religious views, others feel that is a right that should not be denied.
When speaking to area residents it seems that though the issue is still a hot topic many find the arguments more tedious than the issue itself.
“I feel a bit annoyed that people are arguing over the courts decision,” said Richard Galindo of Rockport. “It doesn’t have a big impact on me personally but I think for the gay community it is probably a huge relief.”
“I feel like maybe with this decision we can hopefully accept people for who they are,” said Mr. Galindo. “We live in a world where people seem to be divided 50/50, so that part can’t be helped.
According to Jay Garcia of Robstown the issue has been a long time coming. “I think it’s about time that all tax paying American citizens have the same rights to marry whomever they choose.”
“I think it’s silly that it was even an issue for this long,” Said Mr. Garcia. “Right now I think people are reacting and overreacting on both sides, it’s like throwing a rock at a hornets nest.”
On a more personal note Mr. Garcia did tell us that the ruling has had a bit of a personal effect on him. “I think this whole thing will die down eventually but for someone like myself who has never intended to marry, I’m probably going to feel that pressure in my next serious relationship.”
From a political standpoint the divide remains in tact. While the Democratic party supports the decision of the Supreme Court the Republican party stands firmly on the idea of “traditional marriage.”
Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement.
"Love won today. Texas Democrats joyfully celebrate and welcome the United States Supreme Court's historic decision to let all Americans marry who they love, regardless of sexual orientation or identity.
“This monumental victory is a major advancement for the civil and human rights movement. We look forward to congratulating those future newlyweds in the weeks, months, and years to come.
“Today, our state and country are finally on the right side of history. However, there’s still a group of narrow-minded Republican lawmakers standing on the wrong side. We will remain vigilant to ensure that the right to marry is not infringed.”
While the Democrats hold their position the Republican Party of Texas also issued a statement. Republican Party of Texas Chairman Tom Mechler issued the following statement.
“I’m disappointed that the rule of law and respect for the moral fabric of America has been cast aside by U.S. Supreme Court today. It’s a harrowing day in America when unelected judges have the power to upend an institution that has been widely recognized as a virtuous force in society.
This decision is just another example of Washington DC elites ruling against the will of the American people and usurping power from the states. In light of today’s ruling, the fight for religious liberty continues, and the Republican Party of Texas will continue to work with our elected Republican leaders to protect the freedom of Texans to exercise their religious beliefs.”
However here at home our residents are still forming their own opinions. Corpus Christi resident and licensed minister Sam Eulenfeld told us, “I’m glad the court decided as it did.”
“I get why some people are upset, but I think that some of them are also misinformed,” Mr. Eulenfeld said. “A lot of those in favor of “traditional marriage” were under the assumption that civil union was an entirely different thing and don’t realize that under former laws even going to a judge for a civil union was illegal in some states.”
“I think that when it is realized that no one is forcing churches to participate things will cool down,” Mr. Eulenfeld said. “In the long run I think the impact is going to be positive.