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Local reaction to same-sex marriage

President Obama became the first sitting president to publicly embrace same-sex marriage yesterday.

Reactions vary from strongly against to fully supportive.

Polls show the nation is almost evenly divided on the question of same-sex marriage, and we found those same mixed opinions here in eastern Kentucky.

People are used to marriage vows, like "I shall always love you," but some have not warmed up to the idea of it being between a same-sex couple.

"I just don't like it because I wasn't raised that way. I don't believe in it," said J.B. Everage, who is against gay marriage.

President Obama's announcement stating he supports gay marriage came as a shock to some.

"He should reconsider his stance on gay marriage," said Rob Watts, who is against gay marriage.

Others are on the fence supporting same-sex couples and equal rights just not gay marriage.

That includes the openly gay mayor of Vicco in Perry County.

"I believe that a person should have the right to choose their partner and get equal rights for everyone, but I think the main thing is that heterosexual and gay couples do not take vows under God as serious as they should," said Johnny Cummings, the mayor of Vicco.

In the hills of eastern Kentucky, homosexuality period let alone gay marriage, is not widely accepted.

One man wished to remain anonymous during his interview but wanted to make sure his voice was heard.

"It's about time that the president of the United States endorsed gay marriage. I think it's about time that everybody endorses and accepts gay marriage," said a man who lives in Perry County and supports gay marriage.

Regardless of how you feel about marriage being between two men or two women, President Obama's statement is something everyone is talking about.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney also reaffirmed his stance yesterday stating that he is against same-sex marriage.


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