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Local residents react to same-sex marriage

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As the Supreme Court wrapped up its first day of oral arguments dealing with the issue of same-sex marriage, metro Atlanta residents on both sides said they are following the debate.

"To the hundreds of thousands of same-sex couples, today and tomorrow is about our right to marry the person that we love," said Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, a group that advocates for gay rights.

Graham said he has been with his partner for 25 years and would like the right to marry.

"We clearly have made a commitment to ourselves," said Graham. "Our families, our friends, they all respect us and know us as a couple. However, under the laws here in the state of Georgia we're complete strangers. We're nothing more than roommates."

CBS Atlanta News talked with dozens of local residents throughout the day on Tuesday as they followed the Supreme Court arguments.

"I have no issues with gay marriage at all," said Sharon Johnson of Atlanta. "I mean it's up to the individual. I think it's pro-choice. Whatever you decide you want to do is perfectly up to you."

Others agreed that people should be allowed to choose who they marry.

"All it takes is meeting some folks and learning about them and realizing they're human just like you are," said Adam McIntyre. "You stop being scared and stop trying to deny them the basic rights that everybody else has."

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