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Local reaction to same-sex marriage issue in Supreme Court

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In Washington, Supreme Court justices prepare to hear two separate cases regarding same-sex marriage.

Organizations supporting and opposing same-sex marriage are always vocal on the topic.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments on two huge aspects of same-sex marriage, first, should individual states have the right to ban it then does the federal government have the right to accept it.

Locally, just like everywhere else, there are differing viewpoints.

Area activist Stanley Campbell says giving states the right to ban gay marriage is a problem in a nation where families move from state to state often.

He thinks the right to marriage should be universal for both heterosexual  and homosexual couples no matter where they live.

Then there's some activists in the church.  They say marriage should be viewed as defined in the Defense of Marriage Act, passed in 1996, keeping marriage between men and women.  

That argument takes power from both state and government though, leaving the decision up to God.

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