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webmaster | 06/27/13

The Supreme Court struck down a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act on Wednesday and dodged making a decision on California’s Proposition 8 — sending it back to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals — in what some call a landmark, though mixed, win for gay and lesbian rights.

Madera County residents voted heavily in favor of Proposition 8 in 2008: 73.4 percent for and 26.6 percent against with a nearly 80 percent voter turnout. Some locals shared their reactions to the court’s actions with The Tribune.

“I’m a veteran so I was in the military at the time with gay and lesbian people,” said Maderan Beth Loera, a social worker and six-year veteran of the armed forces. “It doesn’t matter who you love or want to marry or whatever when you’re defending your country, and overall this makes equal rights even better, not just in the military... This is just a great thing.” ...

“This isn’t good,” said Dennis Sylvester, a pastor with the First Assembly of God-Madera. “It grieves me. I heard some news reporting that the gay and lesbian community was happy and laughing in the streets and very ecstatic. Well, my emotions are exactly the opposite. I grieve for this kind of thing. I’m afraid I’m not handing America to my grandchildren the same way it came to me. For me, it’s another step in moral decline.” ...


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