Local Reaction To SCOTUS Gay Marriage Decisions (VIDEO)

By Corinne Rose

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 6:37 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.incnow.tv) -- "I never dreamed of in my life that I would get to see this, and I was really elated," says gay activist Charles Miller.

Miller owns the After Dark nightclub after opening Fort Wayne's first gay bar in 1971.

"I feel like a human being for the first time. I mean, you know, we had to worry about everything. We had to hide everything that we did, if it was love, if it was trying to talk to a doctor and saying that we were gay and we were planning on having a relationship or something like that,” Miller says.

That's because the U.S. Supreme Court decided California's Proposition 8, which banned gay marriage, should be governed by the original lower court's decision that said the measure was unconstitutional.

The High Court struck down parts of the Defense of Marriage Act which banned homosexual couples from receiving federal benefits granted to heterosexual couples like Social Security benefits, health insurance, estate taxes and hospital privileges.

"Gay people are human beings who are entitled to all the rights and privileges of heterosexuals. And this ruling on the part of at least of five Justices confirms that," says Leonard Goldstein of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union.

But Bishop Rhoades and a group of conservative pastors called Shepherds United call the Supreme Court's rulings disappointing, saying defending the truth -- that God created marriage as a life-long union of one man and one woman -- is more important than personal popularity.

"If a man wants to live with a man, that's his choice as a citizen of this country. But he shouldn't say I want you to approve of this and then give me benefits for living contrary to what the word of God says," offers Baptist minister Pastor Otha Aden who belongs to Shepherds United.

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