Northlanders Weigh In On Gay Marriage
Posted at: 03/26/2013 5:35 PM
| Updated at: 03/27/2013 3:32 PM
By: Laurie Stribling
The U.S. Supreme Court is taking up gay marriage, and today arguments were heard on California's same-sex marriage ban. While a ruling may not directly affect people in the Northland, it's putting a spotlight on the hot-button issue.
Also, Wisconsin has a similar ban to California, and the ruling could have a possible effect on the ban there.
Lael Gombar is a student at the University of Wisconsin, Superior and she also works with the Gender Equity Resource Center there. She is engaged to her partner, Camila.
"I'm nervous, but I have a lot of faith in the U.S.," Gombar said. "It's a huge deal; it's pretty much consuming my life right now."
Gombar also said she is watching the Defense of Marriage Act decision closely, which will be discussed Wednesday. DOMA is a federal law that prevents same-sex couples from getting some benefits that heterosexual couples have.
Gombar's partner is from a different country, and that decision will directly affect her life. As of now, her partner is not able to get citizenship through marriage.
"If it goes the other way, my plan probably will be to move out of the U.S.," Gombar said. "I wont be able to stay and get married and be recognized. It's just not a good feeling to be unwanted."
This hot-button topic has passionate people on both sides of the issue. Reverend John Wurst, with The Lutheran Church of Christ the King, said homosexual behavior is a sin.
"I just hope and pray that the leaders that God has given to us in the Supreme Court don't give in to this," Wurst said.
Like Gombar, Wurst is following the Supreme Court cases closely. He said the reason same-sex marriage should not be legalized is simple.
"Marriage is between a man and a woman ordained by God for the sole purpose of having children," Wurst said. "Nowhere in the Bible does God say that men can lie with men or woman can lie with woman. In fact, he says the complete opposite. He says it is an abomination, so we pray for these people."
The Supreme Court will focus their discussion on DOMA on Wednesday.