South Georgia's LGBT Community Celebrates Supreme Court Ruling

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By Eames Yates
June 26, 2013

Lowndes County, GA - Ayla Jones was born on March 30th of this year. She's a beautiful baby-- with two moms. Her parents, Lanier County residents Raynae and Holly Jones couldn't be happier about the supreme court's defense of marriage act ruling, which says same-sex couples are entitled to federal benefits.

Raynae Jones said "in the eyes of the law right now, my family, my daughter is just a complete stranger to my partner. With federal rights and the protection of marriage that makes a big difference and a complete change for us."

Among the benefits now open to same-sex couples-- filing joint tax returns. But not everyone agrees with the court's decision.

Tyrell Curry, a Lowndes County resident, said "I have to go by the bible. He say it's best to get married with a woman and that's what it is, you know, and I believe in it. And I always wanted to get married and I'm still going to get married but it's going to be to a woman."

But for the Jones family, the supreme court decision means something more than getting federal benefits.

Holly Jones said "Boils down to respect. Everybody likes to be respected and not felt different like there's something wrong with us. I mean I love her and she loves me, I don't know what could be better than that."

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