Mayor Bell responds to Supreme Court ruling on DOMA


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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — People across the country and in Alabama are still talking about Wednesday’s historic Supreme Court rulings.

One gives same-sex couples access to the same federal benefits available to heterosexual married couples.

The other paves the way for same-sex marriages in California.

Governor Robert Bentley says the Supreme Court’s rulings won’t change Alabama’s law, which bans same-sex marriage.

However, Birmingham Mayor William Bell believes it’s a step in the right direction.

“Having grown up here in Birmingham and having lived through discrimination and things of that nature, I’m a firm believer that all individuals are to be treated equally and fairly,” Mayor Bell said. “The decision by the Supreme Court in relation to DOMA is another step toward that equal respect for all individual rights.”

Copyright 2013 WIAT-TV CBS 42

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