Ky. Pride festival attendees talk same-sex marriage debate


by Brittany Gonzalez and C.J. Daniels (web story editor)

Posted on June 15, 2013 at 8:26 PM

Updated Saturday, Jun 15 at 11:56 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) – Before the end of the month, the U.S. Supreme Court will decide on two rulings with major implications for same-sex marriage.

10 states and the District of Columbia currently allow same-sex marriages and those who visited Kentuckiana’s Pride Festival are hoping other states will get the chance to follow suit.

As calls for equality grow stronger in this country, there are still many who voice strong opposition.

It took 10 years for Daniel Nutchins and his partner Joe to grow with each other and to them, nothing else mattered.

The pair legally married in 2008, one month before voters in California passed Proposition-8 which outlawed same sex marriage. Now their marriage license and benefits are in limbo.

“Legally in California he’s my husband [and] in Kentucky, not so much,” Nutchins said. “Just let everybody love who they want to love. It’s about love.”

The 13th annual Kentuckiana Pride Festival brought hundreds to the Waterfront in support of gay marriage.

Those who support the Defense of Marriage Act, which blocks federal recognition of states that allow same sex couples to marry, weren’t far away.

“You don’t know love, you pervert God’s love,” one protester said.

For many it’s been a waiting game while Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act sit in the Supreme Court’s hands.

“I don’t keep my hope up; they’ve been trying for years. If it’s going to happen, it’ll happen,” festival attendee Ricky Woods said.

In the meantime, many Kentuckiana residents say with patience that there’s no choice but to keep waiting.