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Marriage equality weighed in Baton Rouge

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Posted: Mar 26, 2013 5:48 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Mar 26, 2013 7:08 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Same Sex, Marriage, Gay, Lesbian, Supreme Court, Tony Perkins, Family Research Council, Steve Crump, Unitarian Church

BATON ROUGE - As the Supreme Court of the United States weighs marriage equality issues, leaders in Louisiana are voicing their opinions on the matter too.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, spoke to a group in Central today, focusing on the importance of protecting children from same sex marriage.

"The evidence, now we have amassed decades of research, that says kids who grow up with a mom and dad, do much better, economically, socially, educationally, and they give back to society," said Perkins.

Reverend Steve Crump, Senior Minister at the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, has seen same-sex couples raise children first hand, and thinks the evidence against marriage equality doesn't hold water.

"We have such configurations throughout our own congregation, I've seen configurations throughout our community and nation, I think it is a stretch to argue that two loving adults are not beneficial to the upbringing of a child," said Rev. Crump.

Perkins argued that the Supreme Court shouldn't stick their heads into state business.

"This would be a huge overreach for the court to inject itself in this debate when it's being wrestled within the states democratically, and I think what would happen is the court would inflame a cultural debate that could last for a generation," said Perkins, referring to the court's possible decision on Proposition 8, a law that made same sex marriage illegal in California.

"My own take on it, is DOMA is going down, it's probably going to be defeated, because what about those that recognize marriage in their state, now are those people disallowed to be married and receive benefits, the state's have already recognized [their marriage]," said Rev. Crump, referring to the case the Supreme Court will hear tomorrow.

The Supreme Court is expected to make a decision on the cases this summer.

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