DALLAS, TX -- The honeymoon is far from over for Dallas’ LGBT community.
The celebration continues following Friday’s landmark Supreme Court ruling legalizing same sex marriage.
“It’s finally good that we can be on those rights that straight people are now," Marquill Gaston said. "We don’t feel like the odd ones out."
But, not everyone in the state is ready to commit to the new law of the land. Some North Texas counties, like Denton and Collin counties, say they’re waiting on word from our state capitol before they say “I do” to issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
"I’m alright with the lifestyle and the choices people make," Michael McKinzie explained. "But, at the same time, I don’t think they should be pushing it on people who aren’t ready to accept it yet.”
Even Gov. Greg Abbott released a statement assuring he will protect people’s religious liberty, citing the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the newly enacted Pastor Protection Act.
Abbott said in part: “Despite the Supreme Court’s rulings, Texans’ fundamental right to religious liberty remains protected. No Texan is required by the Supreme Court’s decision to act contrary to his or her religious beliefs regarding marriage.”
“I think they would have eased a lot of tensions if they just stuck to the word same-sex union, and not used the word marriage because now it’s making all Christian denominations all upset because they tie it into a sacrament," Lee Gwoozdz said. "Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s great that people can unite their love and assets together; that’s what we need.”
Hey, it’s clear the historic ruling may not be a happily ever after for all; but at least it’s a big step down the aisle of equality for all.