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Augustans react to DOMA ruling

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News of the Supreme Court's landmark decision spread quickly through the CSRA, Wednesday, with both sides of the issue weighing in.

"I was ecstatic. The DOMA ruling was such a huge decision with so many implications. It was just fantastic news," said Chris Bannochie, Augusta Pride's director of public relations.

The Augusta Pride group is cheering on the decision wholeheartedly.

"Our supposal payments come out after taxes, where as now they will come out before taxes," Bannochie said. "We also won't be subject to paying taxes on the employer's contribution as we were before. So, big financial impact right there."

On the other side of the fence, the Richmond County Republican Party was hoping for another outcome.

"I was disappointed," said Bob Finnegan, Richmond County's Republican Party chairman. "I had a chance to look at the ruling somewhat today, I disagree with what the supreme court decided."

The local party chairman said his feelings are rooted in his faith.

"Marriage is between one man and one woman. It's been that way for hundreds and hundreds of years and that's the way I believe," said Finnegan.

The decisions are made for now, but it's an issue both sides agree won't be fading anytime soon.

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