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Marriage Debate

Marriage Debate

A Travis County probate judge has ruled the Texas ban on gay marriage as unconstitutional. However, that does not mean that the Lone Star State will start issuing marriage licenses.

"Are you asking me if I'm a gay man? Yes," said Zach Zoet, a recent Midwestern State University graduate.

When Zoet heard about the recent Travis County ruling he felt hopeful for the future.

"It's pretty exciting, definitely the tide is turning," said Zoet.

Zoet said he is looking forward to the day when he can have the same rights and representation in his tax filings as other straight Texans.

"Jesus says have you not read, that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female and said therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife and the two shall become one flesh" said Charlie Thomason, preaching minister for Faith Village Church of Christ, as he read from the Bible.

Thomson said as a man of God, he is strongly against marriage between two people of the same sex.

"Being a Christian, the Bible knows nothing about gay marriage, so that's how I have to view it," said Thomason.

According to Wichita County Clerk Lori Bohannon the Travis County Ruling has no impact on the state of Texas as a whole, including Texoma counties.

"We have not been ordered to write same sex marriage licenses," said Bohannon.

As a Christian woman, Bohannon said she does not believe that a same sex marriage is right. Bohannon feels that marriage is between a man and a woman.

"If the law were to change, of course it would be difficult, but of course we would follow the law," said Bohannon.

Zoet said he just wants to be granted the same rights as other straight Texans. Thomason said he will continue to follow the teachings of his faith and Bohannon said as an elected official she follows the law, not her personal beliefs.

Jack Carney, Newschannel6

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