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Local reaction to same sex marriage ruling

Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr (FOX19 NOW/file) Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis Schnurr (FOX19 NOW/file)
Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach (FOX19 NOW/file) Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach (FOX19 NOW/file)
Local reaction was shift and passionate Friday when the Supreme Court ruled same sex marriage is legal.

"FULL NATIONWIDE MARRIAGE EQUALITY," tweeted Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Seelbach. "A childhood dream I never though (sic) would be filled."

[Document: Marriage document]

But Archbishop Dennis Schnurr of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati just as firmly denounced the decision in a lengthy statement:

“Under the false banner of ‘marriage equality,' the United State Supreme Court today redefined marriage by judicial fiat. In so doing, it has disregarded not only the clearly expressed will of the electorate in Ohio and other states, but also an understanding of marriage that was shared by virtually all cultures – secular as well as religious – until recently," he said.

“Every nation has laws limiting who and under what circumstances people can be married. This is because lawmakers have always understood that marriage does not exist just for the mutual satisfaction of the two people involved but for the betterment of society. Traditional marriage is the cradle of the family, the basic building block of society. 

"As Pope Francis has reminded us, every child has a right to be raised by two parents, a father and a mother. Both parents are important, and they are not interchangeable. The sad reality that so many children are deprived of this right because of the crisis in traditional marriage does not make it any less important. It is deeply disappointing and worrisome that our courts do not understand this.

“Although the decision is disappointing, it is undeniable that families headed by same-sex couples are growing in number and visibility. These families deserve everyone's love, respect, compassion, sensitivity and, where appropriate, pastoral care from the Church.”

House Majority Leader John Boehner, a Republican from West Chester Township, also was disappointed.

"All human beings are created equal by God and thus deserve to be treated with love, dignity and respect. I am, however, disappointed that the Supreme Court disregarded the democratically-enacted will of millions of Americans by forcing states to redefine the institution of marriage," he said. "My views are based on my upbringing and my faith. I believe that marriage is a sacred vow between one man and one woman, and I believe Americans should be able to live and work according to their beliefs."

Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine also issued the following statement following the decision.

"The Attorney General's Office has an obligation and duty to defend the constitutionality of Ohio laws, including constitutional amendments passed by Ohio voters. Ohio's involvement in this case has been to defend the voter-passed amendment. While Ohio argued that the Supreme Court should let this issue ultimately be decided by the voters, the Court has now made its decision."

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