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Augusta area gays, lesbians celebrate ruling on marriage

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 9:05 PM
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For nearly five years, Chris Bannochie and David Key have waited to receive the same federal benefits other married couples get. The waiting paid off Wednesday when the U.S. Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.

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Augusta residents David Key and Chris Bannochie were married in California on Oct. 16, 2008.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Augusta residents David Key and Chris Bannochie were married in California on Oct. 16, 2008.

“It’s a huge victory,” Bannochie said. “Just total excitement.”

Bannochie and Key, of Augusta, were legally married Oct. 16, 2008 in San Francisco, Calif., during the five months when same-sex marriages were allowed in the state.

“We can file our taxes together. He’s eligible for my pension and Social Security benefits if something was to happen to me,” Bannochie said.

Gay men and lesbians across the Augusta area celebrated the ruling Wednesday but said more states need to recognize same-sex marriages. Georgia has a constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriages.

“It is a win but it’s a small step in achieving this nationwide,” said Isaac Kelly, the past president of Augusta Pride, Inc.

With the ruling, Kelly said he gained a more equal status to other citizens. He is considering marrying his partner of four years in California or Massachusetts.

“When I do pop the question, it’s going to hold more weight,” he said.

Army 1st Lt. Jonathan Roman said he’s more willing to enter a same-sex relationship and marry because of the ruling. Under DOMA, same-sex couples were denied federal benefits.

“It’s days like these that make me proud to be fighting for values in this country,” said Roman, an active member of a gay and lesbian military support and advocacy group called OutServe-SLDN.

Others were disappointed in the Supreme Court decision, saying it does not uphold the traditional definition of marriage as between a woman and a man.

Roger Rollins, the executive director of the Family and Marriage Coalition of Aiken, said the ruling was a sad reminder that the nation’s values are slipping away.

“We live in a nation that grew up supporting the ideals of a traditional family,” Rollins said. “Society today seems to be going in the wrong direction.”

More people need to stand up to defend marriage and family, he said.

With its decision, the Supreme Court redefined the biblical meaning of marriage, said Pastor Doug Page, of First Baptist Church in North Augusta.

“Call it something other than marriage,” he said, adding that all citizens deserve equal rights. “We need to continue to stand firm on biblical principles.”

The decision overwhelmed Michelle Hopper, 41, of Grovetown. She cried when she read the decision but wants more states to recognize same-sex marriages.

“It’s a small step towards the right direction,” she said. “Love is love. It’s not a matter of religion. It’s a matter of civil rights.”

Hopper, who is in a relationship, said she will eventually get married in another state, if Georgia does not recognize same-sex marriage, so she can receive federal benefits.

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griff6035
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griff6035 06/26/13 - 09:44 pm
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Sad Day

In this Country.

willie7
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willie7 06/26/13 - 10:03 pm
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Long time ago,some people

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Long time ago,some people said the same thing griff6035, when the slaves were freed---"Sad Day for America---because those people will ruined our nation."

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myfather15 06/26/13 - 10:45 pm
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How do you compare something

How do you compare something that is obviously, easily proven to NOT be a choice (Race) and something that is obviously a choice (homosexuality)? Black people should be enraged to hear this comparison!! Yes, I've heard all the tired arguments about "it's not a choice". I don't need to hear them again, because it's all EMOTIONAL responses; and NONE can be proven!! I think it's quite obvious when someone is born a certain RACE!! Black people are also some of the most traditional American's with over 60% being against legalized gay marriage. I'm white, but I've been to black Churches. They will invite you in with open arms, no matter what color you are. Some of the most loving people you could ever meet. But I wouldn't suggest you go in there talking about "marriage equality" for gay couples. You might just get a rude response!!

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GiantsAllDay 06/26/13 - 11:16 pm
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America's Supreme Court has

America's Supreme Court has done it again - ensuring that the un-fun Apocalypse happens.

With gay marriage and rights spreading across this once great nation of straight, white, male privilidge like a plague, God's wrath is growing to where he will unleash it upon the most unsuspecting.

Tornados will rip through communities of mostly Christian folk, and floods will destroy humble folk's meager possessions while Earthquakes and fires will ravage...sometimes where porn is made.

Now, some so-called "intellectuals" will cry "What about all the countries who already allowed for gay marriage? They are fine!"

Well, first of all - they aren't America so nobody cares. Did Jesus personally write their constitution?

No! So, god doesn't mind as much.

But he is really mad at us for denying what the founding fathers intended when they signed Jesus' constitution.

Some people are better than others! Therefore, they deserve fewer freedoms. When you look into the bible, it is ALSO clear that god hates certain people and gets really ticked off really easily.

We really should be tiptoeing around that maniac because he can send a cloud full of infanticide just because one guy wouldn't let a bunch of imaginary slaves go.

Just like the civil rights Apocalypse of the 1960s, and the Red Lobster Apocalypse of 1872, God will not have his commandments broken without retribution.

"For a man shall not lie down with another man as he does with women!"

I don't care how many times Jesus said stuff about "do unto others..." Or "Love thy neighbor..." Blah blah blah.

That first scripture is very clear. We were screwed the instant two men lied down with each other and one asked, "What are you thinking about?"

May god have mercy on us all because god is coming to ruin our butts.

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Chris 232 06/26/13 - 11:47 pm
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Well said GAD!! LOL

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Apparently god is already starting throw his temper tantrum. Look at all this rain we've been having- I better get started on my arc while there's still time!

Chris 232
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Chris 232 06/27/13 - 12:03 am
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MF15 ... I hope no one blows your cover

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I love reading your long blathering and baseless rants. If I didn't know any better I'd think you were intentionally assisting the PL agenda. You are the poster boy for a GOP that is moribund. I know all your hard efforts will pay off in 2016. I look forward to raising a glass with you to toast the death of the GOP. Keep up the great work!

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Riverman1 06/27/13 - 05:07 am
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CBD Excited

I bet those in the central business district are excited.

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InChristLove 06/27/13 - 06:23 am
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GAD, I know you think God and

GAD, I know you think God and everything concerning His ways are stupid and ridiculous and it is your right to demean and degrade the faith of Christianity, but I find it highly offensive when you demean His sovereignty. The only thing that I will say you are correct about is "God's wrath is growing". Enjoy the fun and games and I will continue to pray for God's mercy because I truly do not believe you are a bad person. Some are just blinded is all.

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Dixieman 06/27/13 - 06:44 am
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These two guys look like twin brothers...

...not spouses.
I wrote this a few days ago -- there's a subtle code for media photographs of gays, always try to show the respectable looking middle-class ones in their suburban house (here with nice doggy), and never the leather freaks and pierced dudes. Well, the AC is following the template today. All that's missing is the designer baby carriage.

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palmetto1008 06/27/13 - 06:50 am
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I see, Dixieman. And, the

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I see, Dixieman. And, the straight population is not as diverse as the gay population??

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soapy_725 06/27/13 - 07:23 am
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The Biblical Family takes another death hit !!!!!

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The basic unit of society must be destroyed for Satan to claim victory. Whether is done by liberals or demons clothed as liberals.

God is not sacred and relevant.
Human life is not sacred and relevant.
The bond between a man and a women is not scared or relevant.

Only the "all knowing, all providing, all powerful" STATE is sacred and relevant.

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soapy_725 06/27/13 - 07:35 am
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The CBD can celebrate "pride" all the time.

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Buckhead East!!!!

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soapy_725 06/27/13 - 07:37 am
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soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/27/13 - 07:39 am
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Where is the Adulterer Pride Parade?? The Fornucators?

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Pride in Sin creates the Gay Pride Parade. Shame for sin stops the Adulterers Pride Parade.

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soapy_725 06/27/13 - 07:40 am
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The Telling Difference. Pride in Sin. Shame in Sin.

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The truth hurts. But it can make you free.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 06/27/13 - 07:41 am
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Be not deceived, GOD is Not Mocked. GOD made me as I am.

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Be not deceived, GOD is Not Mocked. GOD made me as I am.
Be not deceived, GOD is Not Mocked. GOD made me as I am.
Be not deceived, GOD is Not Mocked. GOD made me as I am.

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GeorgiaCarolina 06/27/13 - 07:49 am
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Yes where are the fornicators?

Yes where are the fornicators? Usually sitting in the front row of the church and pontificating about what everybody else is doing.

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myfather15 06/27/13 - 08:21 am
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It also appears to burn

It also appears to burn someone up that there actually IS something you can't legislate with radical federal judges!! Hence, I witnessed no rebut of my comment, only sarcasm.

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KSL 06/27/13 - 08:42 am
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At least now they have to get

At least now they have to get a divorce when they split up.

nofanofobama
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nofanofobama 06/27/13 - 08:42 am
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the tolerant left at

the tolerant left at work...accusing others of exactly what they are doing here...

InChristLove
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InChristLove 06/27/13 - 08:48 am
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Hmmm, I believe I'd rather

Hmmm, I believe I'd rather have the fornicators sitting on the front pew of my church where they can hear the message of repentance and forgiveness than hiding behind a computer pointing their fingers and trying to justify their sin by pointing out everyone elses mistake.

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OJP 06/27/13 - 09:20 am
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@Dixieman

Why wouldn't the Chronicle interview a married gay couple about an article on married gay couples?

Your comment reveals your bias. In case you haven't realized, your gay and lesbian compatriots are just as normal (or abnormal) as the rest of the population.

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saywhatagain 06/27/13 - 09:34 am
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From all us fornicators in church:

Believe me, we'll be glad when we reach perfekshon like those of you who don't need to attend!

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RMSHEFF 06/27/13 - 10:19 am
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Do any of proponents of gay

Do any of proponents of gay marriage deny that the goal has "not" been reached with this decision. Does anyone think this will not happen!

A look into the future:

The next step will to force gay marriage on Georgia and all the other states who have chosen to define marriage as between a man and a woman. After this is accomplished through the "Federal courts", the flood gate will be open for law suits involving Churches who preach what the Bible says about this subject in an attempt to silence all that oppose. Churches will loose Tax exempt status along with other faith based 501 c 3 and c-4 organizations. Employers will be the subject of endless lawsuits with regards to hiring etc. Chick -fil-a , Hobby Lobby and other businesses will be force to comply with federal regulations not unlike the civil right movement of the past. We all must comply and will no longer be able to voice opposition without penalty. If I am correct in what I see coming then the loss of one groups freedoms will indeed be a loss of everyones freedoms. The people in each state must be able to decide for themselves and not the Federal government.

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CARROTSABROAD 06/27/13 - 11:06 am
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seems

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Seems to me that if the "all-powerful" christian god didn't want gays to marry he would have stopped this.

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Farmboy 06/27/13 - 11:15 am
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If God is in charge..

And I believe He is, He has the power to control. If He did not want things to go the way they did, He could have stopped it. There is no doubt about that.

But there are some people on this board who will take what I just said, and turn the argument back to their point of view because they do not like gay people. Simple as that.

I love my son, now all of 2 weeks old. As long as he is a happy, healthy, contributing member of society, I could not care less if he is gay.

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RMSHEFF 06/27/13 - 11:52 am
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carrotsabroad & Farmboy

God speaks to those that "will hear" through His word. His Word is extremely clear on this subject. Man has been given a free will to obey or not. Most choose not to obey. One good example would be the The Prodigal Son in Luke 15:11. The father did not stop the son from leaving and leading a sinful life, but allow him to find out for himself the effects of sin. Allowing his son to sink to this low point, causing him to repent and return to his father, in which his father gladly forgave him and welcomed him back. For many the hardness of our heart causes us to have to "hit the bottom" before we can look-up. Some never do.

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myfather15 06/27/13 - 02:37 pm
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@Carrotsabroad

God allows mankind to make their own decisions during this lifetime; you know, the ol FREE WILL thing. It's pretty obvious (17 trillion in debt) that we aren't making the greatest decisions. God warned us "Ye shall lend, but ye shall NOT borrow". Did we listen? Nope!! He doesn't stop us from digging our own holes either.

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myfather15 06/27/13 - 02:59 pm
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Hhhmmm,....

I'm wondering why my comment about hetrosexual couples being able to procreate, got pulled?

It wasn't directed at anyone specific and didn't insult anyone; only mentioned the obvious truth. I didn't intend to insult anyone, my intentions were only to point out that NATURE has dictated the natural order. I know I've written many that were flagged and pulled out, and I've never really had a problem with any of them; but this one has me confused! Are comments now being pulled because someone simply didn't like it?

Also, seeing that I didn't get an email telling me the posts had been flagged, I'm all the more suspicious. Both comments (this thread and another) were removed without notification. Kinda like the Obama administration, doing it quitely in the night, j/k. But seriously, I wouldn't mind knowing why they were pulled. My other post that was pulled (where I called a group vermin) I can completely understand; I just went to far and wasn't thinking. But I'm baffled about these two, I didn't insult anyone!

myfather15
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myfather15 06/27/13 - 02:52 pm
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@RMSHEFF

You're exactly right AGAIN!!

This is going to cause much conflict betweent the federal government and States!! There will be hundreds, if not thousands of law suits filed against States for not abiding by federal guidelines. Some of the States will NOT bend; which will cost MORE MONEY in defense, thereby bankrupting the States.

You MARK MY WORDS!! It may take several years, but the States will get so fed up with this issue; they will DO AWAY with recognizing marriage at all. It will be too expensive to continue the fight and they will FOLD!! Then and THEN ONLY, will the LP's goal be reached!! The goal of completely doing away with the institution of marriage!!

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