Debate Over Gay Marriage


By Rachel Holt

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Wednesday we introduced you to newlyweds Talisha Lowry and Ashlee Lake.

Legally, the women's marriage lasted only three days before the nation's highest court overturned Utah’s decision allowing gay marriage.

The decision drew a reaction from across the nation.

Rachel Holt sits down with a pastor who says he sides with the Supreme Court.

"Both in the Old and New Testament, the authority of Scripture supports one man and one wife," says Pastor Paul Thompson.

Thompson is the pastor at Eastside Baptist Church - a position he's held for more than a decade.

Thompson says he was surprised when a lower court struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage in December...

Making it legal for Talisha Lowry and Ashlee Lake to tie the knot.

"My surprise is not that the state of Utah has made this decision or that the judicial process has made this decision, but maybe as much as anything from my vantage point as a pastor, pastors or churches have remained fairly quiet about the issue," he explains.

Thompson calls on churches to get involved in the issue.

Meanwhile, Talisha and Ashlee remain vocal about their decision to get married.

They made sure their daughter was there for the ceremony.

"What we told her it meant was that we were going to be a complete family legally. Now I can legally get them on my insurance and she can be okay if anything is going to happen," 23-year-old Ashlee says.

But in the state's eyes, Talisha and Ashlee aren't a family.

Their marriage, now up to the courts to decide...

A marriage Pastor Thompson says never should have never existed in the eyes of the church.

"As we're seeing now, the debate is live in the judicial system in Idaho and an outcome will eventually surface. So where that will be I don't know, but the movement of the nation appears to be moving that one day it will be a legal authorized position that Idaho will take. It certainly is my hope that we won't and we will side with the reality of the creator rather than the emotions of man," he says.

"I think it's going to be a battle and a struggle and people from both sides are going to fight hard," 19-year-old Talisha points out.

While Talisha and Ashlee fight for the right to stay married...

Pastor Thompson is just one of many fighting to keep marriage between a man and a woman.

In April, the state of Utah will review its same-sex marriage ban before a court of appeals.

Here in Idaho, a lawsuit challenging the ban on same-sex marriages is ongoing.

There are seventeen states that recognize gay marriage.

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