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Church reaction to Supreme Court decisions
PENSACOLA -- Some religious leaders are speaking out against the rulings...
While others are open to gay marriage.
"The two decisions are a major victory for gay and lesbian couples, but as far as some churches are concerned they're still not recognizing same sex marriages."
The five to four decision means legally married same-sex couples in 12 states and the District of Columbia will now be eligible for federal benefits.
Same sex couples will also be able to file income taxes jointly.
Christ Episcopal Church in Pensacola has been around since 1903. Today they have nearly 1200- active members.
Some are gay and lesbian couples.
Neal Goldsbourough "In terms of the policy of the Episcopal Church we should all be very, very happy for this ruling that honors the dignity and respect that gay and lesbian couples deserve."
Although same sex marriages are not allowed in the church. They do bless the couples.
"We honor the dignity and respect of all people because Jesus did that we see that as our obligations as Christians in following Jesus as our lord."
Other religions disagree with the ruling..
Lutimothy May is the senior pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.
He says while the ruling might seem fair the justices don't have to deal with religion.
LuTimothy May "What makes all of us united is the fact that we are all a part of the human race so just being human I believe that there are certain rights that should be given but when you enter into the realm of religion you have to go by whatever text, ethics, morals, or values that make that religion."
"In 2015 the Episcopal Church plans to reevaluate their stance on same sex marriage."