East Tennessee reacts to DOMA

By: T.J. Parker Email
By: T.J. Parker Email

Vin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, as key decisions are expected to be announced. The Supreme Court resolved five cases, including affirmative action, on Monday. That leaves disputes about gay marriage and voting rights among the six remaining cases. The justices are meeting again Tuesday to issue some opinions and will convene at least one more time. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Vin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, as key decisions are expected to be announced. The Supreme Court resolved five cases, including affirmative action, on Monday. That leaves disputes about gay marriage and voting rights among the six remaining cases. The justices are meeting again Tuesday to issue some opinions and will convene at least one more time. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) A lot of people rejoiced Wednesday as the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional.

Others were as excited. Charles Falk, a member of First Baptist Church Concord thinks the country is going in the wrong direction. He says, "I think the country is losing its moral fabric you know the old immorality is now the new morality but its still immoral according to the bible."

Supporters of the high court's decision, celebrated at Jig and Reel. Bleu Copas, the Vice President of the Tennessee Equality Project, says the decision gives him a sense of validation. "

"This just moves um moves our community toward just full equality and that's what our ultimate goal is just being able to have the same rights that every other American has," says Copas.

Copas doesn't believe it will change anything locally yet, but he thinks something could happen soon.

Todd Cramer and Ernie Hoskins live in Knoxville. They got married in Washington D.C. and even though same-sex marriage isn't legal in Tennessee, they were overjoyed with the decision that was made today.

"It was incredible, I just thought so many people were gonna be thrilled," said Hoskins.

The couple are both pushing to legalize gay marriage in Tennessee. They are certain that with the Supreme Court's ruling, it will happen here soon.


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