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Local Religious Leader Reacts to Gay Marriage Debate

Local Religious Leader Reacts to Gay Marriage Debate

Rev. George Lee conducts Bible study class in Savannah Rev. George Lee conducts Bible study class in Savannah

About the time the U.S. Supreme Court was finishing up listening to arguments on the Defense of Marriage Act, Rev. George Lee was holding a Bible study class. From St. John the Mighty Fortress Church in Savannah, Dr. Lee says he and his congregation believes "in marriage between a man and a woman only."

Yet the reverend does see the arguments that have taken place over the past two days in Washington D.C. on gay marriage as an opportunity. "We are called to love all people and this may open a dialog," he told us.

The arguments today centered around whether the government can keep same-sex married couples from getting a range of federal benefits offered to heterosexual married couples.

"I believe in the tenants of my faith and would not perform a gay marriage, but we are also called upon to love our neighbor," says Dr. Lee.

Perhaps ironically, another reverend, Dale Worley of Unity Church sees things quite differently. As a member of Savannah Pride, he says the issues before the U.S. Supreme Court "finally are opening a lot of doors for the gay and lesbian community."

Worley says nobody has equal rights until we all have equal rights.

Reverend Lee says he believes most people still think the issue of gay marriage should be decided by individual states. "I think most people, certainly those in my congregation think this should be decided as close to the community level as possible," he said.

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