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Mar 26, 2013 8:20 PM by Lupita Murillo

Tucsonans react to same sex marriage

TUCSON - The Supreme Court is not expected to issue a ruling on gay marriage until June.

Specifically California's Proposition 8 that banned same sex marriage and was ruled unconstitutional. The case is gaining momentum as gay marriage is becoming more accepted in our nation, according to recent pools.

Whatever they decide will have an effect on both gay couples here in Tucson and in the Catholic Church. The church stands steadfast in its belief that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Eric Taylor says, "Every person in America should be able to marry the person they love."

Taylor has been in a long term relationship with Fred Rodriguez. In June it will 15 years. They had a commitment ceremony in 2007 in front of friends and family.

Rodriguez says, they had the ceremony, "To show how committed we are to each other that we do want to spend the rest of our lives together. And we want to have those same rights."

The Catholic Church is against same sex marriage. It believes the focus of marriage is to have children. Father Jim Hobert says, "The worry is that same sex marriage would not be able to raise kids in the best way." Fr. Hobert says studies show biological parents do better raising their children. "Kids that are raised by biological parents are less likely to live in poverty, less likely to go to jail, less likely to be sexually abused, less likely to do bad in school."

This is clearly an emotional and divisive issue not only in Washington, but across the country.

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