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DOMA Ruling Causes Concern From Religious Right

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LAS VEGAS -- Cheers and tears over a monumental ruling from the highest court in the land.

At the helm of the battle: the American Civil Liberties Union.

Nevada ACLU Executive Director Tod Story vowed to keep the fight until all states recognize same-sex marriage, since the Supreme Court now favors benefits for the 13 states that legalized same-sex marriages.

"Just a phenomenal win for the country," Story said.

The Supreme Court's rulings on Wednesday are also a personal victory.

"My partner and I will have been together 21 years in August," Story said.

(Disclaimer: Reporter Sharie Harvin works on a volunteer basis doing public relations for the Nehemiah Ministries Christian Church. The information was not disclosed in the initial report.)

But Rev. Kelcey West of Nehemiah Ministries Christian Church said the rulings are cause for concern.

"Our definition of marriage is between man and woman," West said.

West said he's not against anyone receiving federal benefits, but says the ultimate judge never intended to redefine marriage.

"It's the same as everybody else, in the eyes of the law, but what about in the eyes of God, what does God say about your marriage?" West said.

Some people, such as state Sen. Mark Hutchinson, would rather be middle of the road..

"I totally understand where they are coming from and support very strong laws that respect those who pursue different lifestyles than I do," Hutchinson said. "My own personal beliefs are based on my religious belief, that marriage is between a man or a woman."

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