Columbus groups celebrate ruling on same-sex marriage

Columbus groups celebrate ruling on same-sex marriage

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Justin Clay and Joshua Wheat are engaged.

"We turned on the TV… and we both kind of cried," says Clay.

With word of Friday's lift on the ban of same-sex marriage across the nation, the Columbus couple says they are looking even more forward to their September wedding.

"We don't have to worry about if one of us gets sick or anything. It's just going to be a lot easier for us," explains Clay.

People of all ages celebrated across our area Friday.

Members of the group Chattahoochee Valley Pride and Colgay Pride of Columbus commemorated the day many thought they would never see in their lifetime.

"Even though I expected the decision to go our way it feels so different to be a full citizen of the United States, a citizen with all the rights in the world," explains Patricia Lassiter.

"They're a team and they are building something. Let them build their dreams, they're not interfering with yours," says Columbus resident Ventrine Parham.

Some local church leaders say it is not their place to judge a person's lifestyle, but they will continue to follow their beliefs.

"We take it from what the Bible says onto us. From a religious standpoint, that (marriage) is between a man and a woman so at this point that is the basis we go of off and I'm pretty sure that what we'll with, but we embrace all people with love," explains Pastor

Governor Nathan Deal also took Twitter on Friday saying:

"The state of Georgia is subject to the laws of the United States, and we will follow them."

"We're the leaders of the free world. How can you be the leaders of the free when your people aren't free?" says Columbus resident, Nicole Tanner.

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