Gay marriage decision draws praise, criticism in Lake Area - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Gay marriage decision draws praise, criticism in Lake Area

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The Supreme Court's ruling extending equal rights to gay, married couples only applies in states where same sex marriage is legal, which excludes Louisiana.

People who support gay rights hope this ruling paves the way toward more acceptance.

They also hope it leads to legalizing same sex marriage in more states.

The historic ruling is cause for jubilation for some like local comedian Jen Kober who makes no secret about being gay.

"Congratulations to all people. We won today. People who know that love is what it's about won today, so yay us," Kober said.

Yet, it's a major disappointment for others who feel redefining marriage is against the Bible and natural law. Dr. Ronnie Burke is the pastor of Maplewood First Baptist Church.

"I'm not homophobic. I don't believe that God hates homosexuals. I believe he loves everyone. But, I just believe, according to my understanding of the Bible, that it does not provide for gay marriage. It doesn't provide for marriage other than a man and a woman. And so that is the primary reason of my opposition to the redefinition of marriage," Burke said.

Joey Frazier and Tom Cole have been together for 24 years. They say if Louisiana law allowed it, they would be married right now and that they deserve equal rights.

"My partner would be able to make life and death decisions for me, power of attorney, so to speak. Federal benefits. I'd be able to put him on my insurance. He could put me on his, either way. Filing of tax returns. I mean, there are a lot of benefits that we do not enjoy that others get and that's just little bits of inequality," Joey said.

"He is my family, period. He's my best friend. He's the one person who can unquestionably tell me I'm wrong and I will listen to what he says. He's my family. Period. Where he goes is where I go and vice versa," Tom said.

Yet, Father Derek Covert, who speaks for the Diocese of Lake Charles, said marriage other than between a man and woman is against our human makeup.

"The church's teaching is not to be discriminatory or hateful, it is rather to call every man and woman to acknowledge how we've been created in the image and likeness of God and to be faithful to that so that we may grow in holiness and the love of God," Covert said.

Bishop Glen John Provost released a statement saying, in part, that society risks doing grave harm to its spiritual well-being and the common good when it presumes to redefine what God has ordained. Bishop Provost's statement follows this story.

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Statement from the Diocese of lake Charles concerning the Supreme Court Rulings on DOMA and Proposition 8

 In a statement, Bishop Glen John Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles, said, "On Wednesday, June 26, 2013, the United States Supreme Court, for the first time in our nation's history handed down rulings that impact the definition of marriage.  As Christians we believe that everyone has inviolable dignity and is entitled to love and respect, and we are committed to protecting the basic human rights of all.  The ability for individual States to redefine marriage serves no one's rights and further endangers the dignity of all men, women, and children.  The society risks doing grave harm to its spiritual well-being and the common good when it presumes to redefine what God has ordained.  Our present Holy Father, Pope Francis, as Archbishop of Buenos Aires and as recently as his meeting last Friday with the new Archbishop of Canterbury, has communicated the Catholic Church's consistent teaching on the sanctity of marriage.  In 2010 commenting on the redefinition of marriage, he stated, ‘At stake is the total rejection of God's law engraved in our hearts.'" 

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