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Northstate Weighs In on Federal Proposition 8 Case

Published On: Mar 26 2013 07:06:27 PM CDT   Updated On: Mar 26 2013 11:47:23 PM CDT
CHICO, Calif. -

California's controversial Proposition 8 made its way to the nation's highest court today and tonight, two pastors in Northstate are reacting to those oral arguments in very different ways.

"The term 'gay marriage' is an oxymoron," said Father Peter Hansen of the St. Augustine Church in Chico. "We are talking about two things that really don't exist in the same space. In reality, marriage has only meant one thing – a man and woman for life."

Father Hansen does say that although he is against gay marriage, he is not against same-sex couples being together.

"If they wish to have the same tax benefits and so forth, we can make room for that in our society," Hansen said. "Gays and lesbians are fully human, fully children of God and certainly in the legal world, deserving of all of [those] rights."

On the other side of the coin is another Chico pastor.

Pastor Jim Peck and his congregation at the New Vision Congregational United Church of Christ believe in same-sex marriage. Pastor Peck even married a few same-sex couples during the 142 days that same-sex marriage was legal back in 2008.

Pastor Peck told us today that he hopes to one day make that number even higher.

For now, the fate of same-sex marriage remains in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court.