ASU students react to same sex marriage debate

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)- Wednesday marks the second day the controversial topic of same sex marriage will go before the United State Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments all week regarding same sex marriage. On Wednesday, justices will hear arguments in a challenge to the Defense of Marriage Act, an act that defined marriage as heterosexual and denied federal benefits to gay couples.

Arkansas State University students voiced their opinions about this controversial issue.

"I do believe that people have a right to be with whoeverthey want to be with," said ASU student Chris Hare.

"I hate the sin but I don't hate the sinner, I'm not the typeto hate people."said student Kasey Tabor.

Linsie Mergy is the vice president of the Gay-Straight Alliance at ASU and said she is rooting for the laws to be overturned.

"It's the 21st century so I actually just readsomething today that said if you are against it for religious reasons there areso many other things that we are doing the Bible would have things to sayagainst,"she said.

Mergy was not the only one who felt that way.

"Ifyou are not living within a social norm then something has to be wrong withyou," said Alisha Carmickle.

Supreme Court justices heard challenges to California's Proposition 8 ban on gay marriage, Tuesday. The Defense of Marriage Act was signed into law in 1996 by President Clinton. The Supreme Court  could issue a landmark ruling on gay marriage by the end of June.

Chelsea Mitchell started a local support group for LGBT with her mother in the Jonesboro community.

"We didn't have anywhere to go, we didn't have anyone toturn to," she said.

"Definitely should have happened a long time ago but I'mglad that it is progressing to that where we can actually be heard in anational level."

Chelsea said she was bullied in high school and was forced out of the church she attended since she was young. She also said it is tough to find work where she can be accepted.

"I hope that one day it will be acceptable, that I can go down to the courthouse and marry my partner.

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