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Gay marriage arguments at Supreme Court spark debate in Wilmington

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Should gay couples be allowed to marry and and be afforded the same benefits as a man and a woman? Some of our country's brightest legal minds are left to answer that question as the battle hit the United States Supreme Court this afternoon.

While the debate over Proposition 8 rages in the Supreme Court, students at UNCW find themselves arguing whether this is a debate over values or equality.

"Any kind of sin is bad, and gay marriage falls under a sin," UNCW student Will Oaks said.

Gay rights advocate Djuro Raskovic has a much different view.

"There is no reason besides bigotry that people don't support gay marriage," Raskovic said.

Members of the gay community at UNCW gathered in the LGBTQIA Room Tuesday afternoon to discuss the arguments before the Supreme Court about California's ban on same sex marriage.

"I support it because I support equality for everyone," Raskovic said. "It doesn't matter race, color, nationality, gender or sexual orientation. Just equality for every single human being, because we are all human. It says all men and women are created equal in the constitution. It doesn't say that all straight men and women are created equal."

Conservatives on campus say the Bible clearly establishes marriage as being a holy union between a man and a woman making homosexuality and gay marriage sins.

"I'm not saying that someone who is in a homosexual relationship or has homosexual intentions is any worse off than anybody, because it says that all sins are weighed equally, but I do look at it as a sin and against God's will," Oaks said.

"We have separation of church and state for a reason, and I don't understand why what the Bible says should be used as an interpretation for what our laws and government should be," Raskovic said.

Several Supreme Court justices raised doubts today that the case is properly before them. Justice Anthony Kennedy suggested the court could dismiss the case with no ruling at all.

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