ASHLAND, Ore. — People throughout Southern Oregon are reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage.
With light rain falling, rainbow colors could be seen both in the sky and on the ground during a rally on Wednesday afternoon at the Ashland Plaza.
More than 50 supporters of gay and lesbian rights showed up at noon to show their support behind the Supreme Court decision on the Defense of Marriage Act.
Both gay and straight couples were in attendance and some were so over joyed with the news they teared up. As far as an impact on Oregon residents, the ruling doesn’t change much.
Same sex marriage is not recognized in the state, therefore the federal rights between married couples do not apply to same sex partners. Gay rights groups such as Southern Oregon Pride are ready to begin the steps necessary to have same sex marriage on Oregon ballots.
“We will need to collect a little more than that in the state of Oregon to be able to get this on the ballot,” said Southern Oregon Pride President Gina Duquenne.
Some same sex couples at Wednesday’s rally had been together for more than 25 years and said it was a big step for the U.S., however they recognize they have more work to do.