Friday, May 16, 2008

East Bay residents gratified about court's fairness

People interviewed near eateries in Oakland during lunchtime Thursday mostly agreed with the court's ruling.

"This should have been taken care of in the 1960s. That's when everybody should have had their civil rights granted."

— Elaine Jackson of Los Angeles, now living in Oakland

"It's great. It's a surprise and a happy one because government doesn't belong in that part of our lives."

— David Pomfret of Los Gatos

"I don't think it is a bad thing. I don't agree with it, but if that is what makes people happy. I don't think a court should have a say in who people marry."

— Kyle Shaules of Alameda

"I'm fine with it. To each his own, that's what I say. It doesn't interfere with my lifestyle."

— Ernest Brooks of Oakland

"They should just let people live the way they want to live. They should not interfere. It's their lives."

— Rachel Sanchez of Oakland

"I don't really know what I think about this issue. I haven't given it a lot of thought."

— Steve Jackson of Castro Valley

"I'm very pleased that they actually voted to overturn the ban. I think it is discriminatory not to allow people to marry whomever they want. I think people who happen to be in a relationship with people of the same sex should be afforded all the same rights as someone who has a relationship with someone of the opposite sex."

— Catherine Godlewski of Dublin

"I'm Advertisementkind of torn. I think there are benefits to providing people equal rights. So in that way it is gratifying that we are becoming more fair."

— James Arrington of Alameda

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