Local pastor says more still needs to be done after same-sex marriage is made legal in U.S.

U.S. Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage now legal in U.S./Christina Dawidowicz FOX21
U.S. Supreme Court rules same-sex marriage now legal in U.S./Christina Dawidowicz FOX21

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — “We’re proud that today we can celebrate this historic ruling where the law of the land recognizes what we’ve always recognized,” said Pastor Alycia Erickson with Universal Fellowship of Metropolitan Community Church.

The Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage rings in celebrations for many, but not for everyone.

“They did it after more than 50 million Americans in more than 30 states said we want marriage to be defined as a man and woman,” said Carrie Gordon Earll, spokesperson for Focus on the Family.

Focus on the Family officials said the ruling in favor of gay marriage threatens religious freedom.

“When you look at the track record so far, when there’s tension between religious freedom and sexual liberty, religious freedom is the one that loses. And we’re gonna continue to see that be the path,” Gordon Earll said.

Erickson said the legalization of same-sex marriage is a big win for many, especially those serving in the military. Now, their relationships will be recognized at all bases across the country.

“It honors us, and it respects us and it shows dignity toward our relationships in ways that we have never had before,” Erickson said.

Focus on the Family officials said children are one of the losers with the ruling. They said children are being denied the right to have a mother and father.

“It’s not bigotry to say kids do best with a mom and dad. That’s true social science with 40 years of history behind it,” Gordon Earll said.

“The reality is that gay and lesbian couples have been raising children for years now. And social science research shows that there is no damage done to children,” Erickson said.

Supporters of same-sex marriage say it’s been a long fight, but the battle to equality isn’t over.

“We are going to continue to work to make sure that equal does mean equal, so that our relationships truly are respected across the country in various principalities,” Erickson said.

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