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DOMA ruling fosters mixed reaction on First Coast

6:58 PM, Jun 26, 2013   |    comments
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Same-sex marriage supporters wave pride flags on the corner of Market and Castro on June 26, 2013 in San Francisco, California. The Supreme Court of the United States struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and ruled that supporters of California's ban on gay marriage, Proposition 8, could not defend it before the Supreme Court. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. -- As soon as the rulings on the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 were handed down by the United States Supreme Court, First Coast News wanted to know the word on the street.

"It was a huge huge step. A big step and I couldn't be happier," said Sara Uselman.

"I'm still a little in shock," said Uselman's wife, Dr. Erin Richman.

Dr. Richman married her wife in Washington D.C. a little over three years ago. Together, they are raising two children.

"Our highest court in the land has made it the law of the land that our family is equal in the eyes of the law," Richman said. "That means more to me because of the impact it's going to have on my children's lives."

Florida does not recognize same-sex marriage. This family said there is still much ahead.

"It would have some tangible affects on our lives for Florida to move ahead with this as well and I see that happening," Dr. Richman said.

FCN found others who knew where they stood on the rulings and the definition of marriage.

"Basically a man and a woman is what I define as a true marriage," said Felecia Wimbish, of Amelia Island.

"I'm in favor of it. I mean everybody has the right to marriage," he explained. "If that's how you're going to be happy in a relationship, then you deserve it," said Ryan Carter of Jacksonville. 

"How people get married and who they should be married to, I don't think that should be decided in the courts," Tairin Figueroa, of Jacksonville said. 

"I believe it [marriage] should be anyone who loves another person. Period. And they should have the same benefits," Belinda Wimbish, of Alexandria, VA, said.

Learn more about the decisions by clicking here.

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