As supporters of same-sex marriage cheered the Supreme Court's landmark ruling that struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act, religious leaders around metro Atlanta were mixed in their reactions.
Members of the Georgia Baptist Convention said they were disappointed in the new ruling.
"We were somewhat saddened but not surprised by the decision they made," said Ray Newman, a lobbyist with the Georgia Baptist Convention, adding that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.
"We confirm the biblical definition of marriage and will continue to do that and I believe that definition will continue to be accepted by our society," Newman said.
Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, of Atlanta's Roman Catholic Archdiocese, called the High Court's decision "regrettable."
Gregory took the same hard-line stance on same-sex marriage as the Vatican.
"Today's unfortunate decision by the supreme court is extremely disappointing. No one, especially a child, is served by marriage redefinition," Gregory said.
Rev. Robert Wright, the Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta, said the Supreme Court moved the national discussion on same-sex marriage in the right direction.
"I welcome this decision," Wright said. "Our highest legal minds have decided inequality in terms of (the Defense of Marriage Act) is not consistent with our Constitution."
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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