Warren woman is plaintiff in gay marriage case

(WKBN Photo)
(WKBN Photo)

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) -The question over same-sex marriage made its way in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday.

Large crowds of people who are for it and against it showed up at the nation’s capital in Washington, D.C. There were two questions being argued: Is the ban on gay marriage constitutional? And can states with bans refuse to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages?

Kelly McCracken and her wife, Kelly Noe, are two of the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court case. McCracken is from the Warren-Youngstown area.

“This decision means everything,” McCracken said.

The two were married in Massachusetts in 2011 and on Tuesday, they took their argument to Washington, D.C.

“All we want is basic rights for our family, our daughter and ourselves,” McCracken said.

She said they got involved in the case after she and her wife tried adding their names to their daughter’s birth certificate.

During Tuesday’s arguments, the Supreme Court heard testimony from people both in support and opposition of changing laws across the county.

“I just want the legal system to recognize it and accept it. That is all I am asking for,” McCracken said.

She was raised Catholic and she said she has not experience much push back on her view.

Youngstown Bishop George Murry said he would like the issue to be settled once and for all.

“I am hoping for something definitive. There has been so much debate on both sides of this and some states taking action,” Murry said.

A decision is not expected by the Supreme Court Justices until the end of June.

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