MARIETTA — Area politicians and religious leaders vowed to continue the fight against gay marriage, despite Wednesday’s Supreme Court decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act in a 5-4 decision.
The ruling sets the stage, in some states, for same-sex couples to receive the same rights and benefits from the government and their employers that are available to heterosexual marriage partners, which local civil rights lawyers and young Democrats say is a trend that will have to be addressed in Georgia.
Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr, who represented Georgia in Congress from 1995 to 2003, authored and sponsored the Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1996 and defines marriage as a legal union between a man and woman.
Barr, who will be running for U.S. Rep. Phil Gingrey’s 11th Congressional District seat in 2014, stands by this traditional view of marriage.
“I personally believe marriage should be defined as between one man and one woman and, if it were on the ballot in Georgia, I’d vote that way,” Barr said.
Barr has recently limited his support of the act, saying an overarching federal declaration about marriage rights violates powers given by the Constitution to individual states.