New Yorkers weigh in on Supreme Court gay marriage debate

Posted at 11:10 PM, Mar 25, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-25 23:10:04-04

Mario Pabón and Jason McAllister had been together for almost seven years when in 2011 same sex marriage became legal in New York State. Their first thought was their wedding budget and then the excitement of what they were finally able to do sank in.

“For the actual being able to get married that was an amazing experience,” said Pabon.

An amazing experience for them but it hasn’t been an easy road.

“A hassle to be married in the state and not federally. We don’t get get the same benefits, we don’t get the same tax breaks,” said McAllister.

The couple is waiting to see what happens in Washington this week as a challenge to the defense of marriage act or DOMA goes before the Supreme Court.

“The only law they can pass is to help is be first class citizens,” said Pabón.

State Senator Reverend Ruben Diaz voted against same sex marriage in New York. While he believes everyone is entitled to good benefits, he doesn’t support gay marriage.

Diaz and other members of the New York Hispanic clergy organization are heading to Washington to express their views and pray for the Court justices.

“That marriage stay between a man and a woman, marriage should not include man with a man or a woman and a woman,” said Diaz.

But for Mario and Jason they are hoping the case will be another milestone.

The DOMA case will be heard on Wednesday. A decision may not come for several months.