The Georgia General Assembly has approved a measure that would put a ban on same-sex marriages in the state Constitution, but it still passes a test this fall, as voters will have the final say.
The second time around and after a tense debate, the same-sex marriage ban passed in the House Wednesday night 122-52. Some citizens say it's a victory.
Sharie Barfield, in favor of same sex marriage ban, says, "I'm a Christian. I try to live by God's principles and his word states very clearly where he stands on that. Same-sex marriages are not what God wants. I'm really excited about that and I'm going to vote for it."
James Tuggle, against same sex marriage ban, says, "It's their own rights to do what they want to do, so it's not up to me to really enforce rights."
Overall, democrats opposed the amendment, mostly black lawmakers who say it is discriminatory. For them the issue hits close to home, comparing the ban to the civil rights struggle.
If the amendment is approved in November, same-sex marriages will not be recognized in Georgia even if the marriage takes place in another state.
Marsha Beggs, in favor of ban, says, "I think that if we voted to allow gay people to marry then we will be voting against marriage and marriage is sacred, I chose to keep it that way."
Same-sex marriages in Georgia are now a debate among citizens. The fate of the amendment lies in their votes.
Though same sex marriages are currently illegal in the state, amendment supporters say that law alone couldn't stop a judge from overturning it.
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