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The religious divide

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It was pure jubilation for the gay community across America after what is seen as two victories handed to them from the Supreme Court Wednesday morning.

Reverend Lisa Hunt says, "I think today is a very happy day for the affirmation and dignity for every human being in our country."

Rev. Hunt is somewhat of a trailblazer in Houston when it comes to same sex couples. Because gay marriage is not legal in Texas the most Rev. Hunt could do was perform blessings over same sex unions at St.Stephens Episcopal Church.

She says, "our witness and our experience has been families have been solidified and it's been an occasion for joy and strength in our community."

The high court ruled: preventing same sex couples from getting federal benefits is unconstitutional. They also kicked Prop 8 back to California refusing to affirm the law that says gay marriage is unconstitutional.

The reaction you get in Houston from the religious community solely depends on who you ask...for example Pastor Hernan Castano from the Houston Pastor Council says he's not smiling about the court's rulings.

He says, "It's really ungodly because it's like we're telling God he's not a decision maker in our society."

Castano, who's the religious leader at Iglesia Rios De Aceite Church, says the action by the court hurts the family structure. He even goes on to say the acceptance of gay marriage is unnatural and it leads us down a path of self destruction.

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