EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Eastchester residents have reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court rulings that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act and determined that California Prop 8 petitioners have no standing to appeal a district court order, allowing same-sex marriage stand in California.
DOMA was eradicated in a 5-4 decision, with justices calling it a “deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.”
“I’m so happy for everyone that this affects, I never understood the people that were against it,” Cheryl Dommer said at the Metro-North station in Tuckahoe. “It’s a great day and definitely a positive step forward.”
Following the decision, elected officials praised the Supreme Court. On Twitter, state Sen. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) called Wednesday a “great day for civil rights.” Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy added “a marriage should not be a right that you gain and lose on a road trip across the country.”
Bronxville resident Tanya Papalo agreed with the positive praise from the local officials.
“Homosexuals represent only a small part of the population, people who are upset about the decision need to remember that,” she said. “This was a long time coming, everyone should be equal no matter where they are or who they are.”
Not everyone was pleased with the Supreme Court decision. Jorge Wilcox rallied against the decision, going so far as to call it an abomination.
“It’s a travesty. They said it was a majority vote, but really it was just a couple guys in robes making the decision for everyone,” he said. “It’s wrong, and it’s not natural. I only hope they find a way to fix this.”
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