Local residents shared their reactions to the Supreme Court Rulings.
Johnn Perryman said that, he is "Pretty excited, equality is what were all about in this country. That’s what we fought the wars for, that’s why we have our constitution and bill of rights…it’s important. It was a step in the right direction today.
Elaine Johnson noted that, "If the Supreme Court hadn’t knocked that down, it meant that the same gender could get married and at least they would have to get a divorce. Why is it important to you that they need to get a divorce? Because then they would not be looking for a partner all the time. It would put them in the same relationship where they have to stay with that person.
Steven Spangler, in defense of traditional marriage said, "The institution of marriage is a sacred thing and it supplies our nations with people. I think that a man and a woman married deserve a little special status or consideration for raising our next generation. Its fine I think if Gay people want to have a partnership, a legal partnership, but marriage per-say, no I don't agree with that."
In an earlier live interview, NBCs Steve Handlesman gave his view on whether or not today’s ruling would present a blue print for gay marriage supporters to gain legal status to their cause, moving forward.
Handlesman's response was that,"Maybe, except keep in mind that it’s at least conceivable that in the case of California and Prop 8 that another group can come forward can file a lawsuit, can say that the overturning of prop. 8 by the lower court was improper and can actually get a hearing here in the high court, Dave remember the only reason that prop. 8 has been struck down is because the high court here said the people who brought this case didn’t have standing, weren’t hurt by what happened, so it couldn’t come to the high court for a remedy because it didn’t need a remedy. If that’s different coming up we could have a different result, not just in Idaho but also in California as well."