Posted: 9:26 p.m.
The debate continues, after the Supreme Court struck down both the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and Proposition 8 in California Wednesday.
"The word marriage to me a precious word, even almost holy actually, between a man and a woman,” said Marilyn Vickrey, director of stewardship for Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. “It's to procreate young families and children."
Despite the continued opposition, ssupporters of marriage equality in yuma are celebrating. The people of Parents, Family and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) in Yuma hosted a rally at Hardback Café, ccelebrating the progress in California.
"Any state that joins this movement is a celebration for sure,” said Mariah Norton, straight ally with PFLAG. “It's 13 down, 37 to go."
Cofounder and President Jody Michaud says when she first learned about the Supreme Courts decision her daughter came to mind.
“I was excited that to know that my gay daughter will be able to have the right to get married and have the same benefits that straight people can," said Michaud.
Though the members of PFLAG have plenty to be excited about the LGBT community is ready for the next hurdle.
"I think chapter and organizers like PFLAG and that like that are here fighting for equality just continue with the momentum that's been set,” said Norton. “[We’re’] trying to spread the word."
But they're confident they'll see progress toward their goal.
"If there's hope for California, there's hope for Arizona," confirms Michaud.
Vickrey says she tries her best to follow the example of Jesus. Though she may not agree with a gay lifestyle, she says god made everyone.
"God made them and that has to be acceptable even thought i dont' necesarily agree with it." Meantime representatives across California and Arizona are in overwhelming support of today’s rulings.
They say they hope this is just the beginning of creating a nation that can truly promise equal rights for all.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris says the Supreme Courts ruling today to strike down Prop 8 and DOMA is a “great day for our country.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement this morning, saying in part "After years of struggle, the U.S. Supreme Court has made same-sex marriage a reality in California. I have directed the california department of public health to advise the states counties that they must begin issuing marriage licenses in California."
This statement mirrors the sentiment of state assemblyman Manuel Perez, D – Calif., who represents the state's 56th district.
"Thanks to these rulings, LGBT Californians will no longer be unjustly denied access to this profound experience,” said Perez. “Though the struggle for equality continues, it is heartening to see that our society continues to move towards fulfilling the dignity, fairness, and justice for all Americans." Across state lines, Rep. Raul Grijalva, D – Ariz., issued a statement.
"We celebrate today's decision by the supreme court to respect the right of all Americans to marry who they love,” said Grijalva. “The decision made today reaffirms those rights and move our country closer to fulfilling the promise in our constitution of equal rights for all."