Same-sex marriage supporters cautiously celebrate in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Several supporters of same-sex marriage gathered and cautiously celebrated in Winston-Salem this morning as the rulings on DOMA and PROP8 came down from The Supreme Court of The United States Wednesday morning.

“They did give some level of consideration for our community and how they are treated so there certainly is a validation. It’s about being equal,” said Brent Morin, event organizer.

Morin and supporter Mary Jamis were also happy for same-sex couples in California who can now marry thanks to the court’s dismissal of the PROP8 appeal.

“We have mixed feelings as we are so happy for our gay brothers and sisters in other states were marriage equality has been afforded to those folks.  They now receive state and federal benefits. Here in North Carolina we have some work to do,” Jamis said.

While the ruling doesn’t change much for same-sex couples in North Carolina, the Reverend Ron Baity, a vocal opponent of same-sex marriage says the decisions concern him because they’re a sign the tide is shifting against traditional, biblical laws and values.

“The momentum it is picking up will impact everybody if it continues and if the church doesn’t stand up and be counted and stand for biblical principles.  The dominoes are falling and laws are changing,” said Baity.

He went on to say he hopes North Carolina continues to remain a state that sees marriage as only between one man and one woman.

“My concern is I opened my bible after the ruling came down and it hasn’t changed.  It still says marriage is between one man and one woman and that’s the highest law in the land and I still believe that despite the federal court’s statements,” Baity said.