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Texomans React to SCOTUS Ruling on Gay Marriage

Five to four. 

By that margin, the Supreme Court ruled that, nationwide, same-sex marriage is legal. 

President Obama spoke of a new found equality when he addressed the nation. 

"Our nation was founded on a bedrock principle: we are all created equal. The project of each generation is to bridge the meaning of those founding words with the realities of changing times," Obama said. 

Some Texomans, like Tina Haapala and Kimberley Lathan, welcomed the news..

"Love wins. I guess I'm a romantic, I think that people who want to be married should be married," Haapala said.

"It's definitely a great day for the Constitution, for equal protection, and for the country," Lathan added.

Others said the ruling was an attack on the Constitution, and said it should be up to the individual states to decide whether or not to allow same-sex marriages.

"If California wants to have gay marriage, it doesn't mean the state of Texas should be forced to honor that," Texoman Lance Goeman said.

But there was no line of same-sex couples at the courthouse today waiting to get hitched. 

Originally, Wichita County Clerk Lori Bohannan told us that until they got a directive from the Attorney General, the Wichita County Courthouse wouldn't be issuing any same sex marriages licenses. Her office cited that their system isn't set up to issue same-sex nuptial documents.

Newschannel 6 confirmed this afternoon that employees at the Clerk's office were given permission to alter the wording in the licenses, and will begin issuing them to same-sex couples on Monday. 

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton spoke out strongly against the ruling, saying "no court, no law, no rule, and no words will change the simple truth that marriage is the union of one man and one woman."

Kimberley Lathan disagrees.

"Under the law we all have to be treated equally and I think that's a wonderful step forward," she said.

Dave Caulfield, Newschannel 6

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