Toledo’s LGBT community celebrates same-sex marriage ruling

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TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - In a historic ruling by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriage is now legal in all 50 states.

Now that the same-sex marriage bans have been lifted celebrations across the nation are underway by the LGBT communities including here in Toledo.

Those who tied the knot, celebrated the night with supporters.

At Legends in downtown Toledo, the LGBT community says they came together to celebrate equality.

"Love is love, is love, that's what I have to say," said Angie Carriker, who married her spouse 3 years ago.

"It's incredible that people are finally able to have their love and their relationships recognized and legitimized," said Rebecca Facey, an LGBT supporter.

Rebecca Facey and Angie Carriker are celebrating their three-year anniversary. This Toledo couple married in New York and say being recognized in their home state is long overdue.

"We haven't been able to be recognized on eachothers health insurance up to this point not being recognized here in Ohio and their certainly have been some obstacles back home and were looking forward to those barriers coming down," said Facey

But there are many who are against this landmark decision saying this is going to rewrite history.

"Activist courts are now stepping in to say the will of the people is not important," said Pastor Tony Scott, with the Church on Strayer. “Marriage traditionally for 6000 years all the way through the Bible has been defined as one man and one woman at one time. That’s' the traditional definition of marriage.")

The incoming executive director of Equality Toledo had this to say in response.

“All I have to say is that we're not here to infringe on anybody's religious freedom, we really just want to be treated equal," said Nick Komives, with Equality Toledo.

Besides Lucas County, Wood, Hancock, Ottawa, Seneca and Fulton counties are also ready to issue same sex marriage licenses.

Other Northwest Ohio counties tell us they are in the process of reading the opinion while other courts are still waiting on updated forms.



 
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