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Local Reaction to Prop. 8 Hearing at Supreme Court

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — The city of West Hollywood is home to thousands of people who are anxious to see how Prop. 8 plays out in the nation’s highest court.

Throughout California, supporters of overturning Prop. 8 made their opinions known, as the U.S. Supreme Court justices listened to oral arguments on both side of the controversial issue.

“We just want the same rights and the same benefits that everyone else already has,” said gay marriage supporter Brandon Brown.

Councilman John Duran believes the outcome depends on the vote of Justice Anthony Kennedy, who Duran says is expected to cast a swing vote.

“I think it’s always foolish to try and guess what the justices are going to do,” Duran said.

Defenders of Prop. 8 who say the definition of marriage should be between a man a woman remain firm in their stance, and the conservative Justice Anthony Scalia says he saw no grounds for saying gay marriage is a constitutional right.

Colby Melvin, who like others see this as the major civil rights struggle of our time, believes the answer is simple. “It’s really silly when you think about it as we are fighting for love, and how can you say not to love?”

The court is unlikely to announce its decision until June.

–Sara Welch, KTLA News

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