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Community reaction to same sex marriage ruling

Residents in both Potter and Randall counties will have to wait when it comes to seeking a marriage license for same sex couples.

Despite Friday's decision by the Supreme Court to legalize gay marriage, both county clerk offices say they are waiting to hear from the Attorney General.

Ken Paxton has asked all counties in Texas to wait before issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples until he can fully review the new law. 

Despite the possible delay in Potter and Randal counties, community members still gathered to celebrate. 

Dozens came together at the Amarillo Unitarian Universalist Fellowship to celebrate that decision, at one point even celebrating a surprise proposal.  

Local couple Whitney Kelly and Jim Kemp were among those who were in support of the ruling. The couple has legally been married for three years. They traveled to Massachusetts to have their ceremony recognized. Now, after the historic decision by the Supreme Court they can also be recognized in their own state.

"We don't have to worry about protecting our relationship because the law will finally do that," Kelly said. 

But those feelings of excitement are not shared by everyone.  

"I think it's against natures laws, I think it's against the bible and it's against my wishes," a local man told us. 

But if you ask Kelly and Kemp all that matters to them is love.

"We've been together for 21 years. It's a great day. A very good day for us," Kemp said. 

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