By a narrow 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

The high court's decision means legally married same-sex couples will receive the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

Local residents received the news with joy and indifference.

Meghan Geyer, 19, York Township: "This is a great day in America. I think I can speak on behalf of my entire generation that we all want equal rights, for ourselves and our friends, regardless of who we choose to love."

Butch Mullen, 51, West York: "It doesn't matter much to me. What people do in their bedrooms is their business."

Kelliann Raymond, 23, York City: "This is just so cool. Obama said there would be change, and there has been. People should have the same rights, regardless of the color of their skin, who they sleep with or how much money they have."

Nancy Hughes, 78, Spry: "I was raised to believe marriage was between a man and woman. But if two men live together, or two women, and they want to leave each other something in their will or whatnot, who are we to say otherwise?"

Todd Hape, 28, Dallastown: "Even though it doesn't affect me directly, I think people should be able to marry whoever they want. What does that have to do with anyone else? If a girl wants to be with a girl, or a guy wants to be with a guy, so be it."

Angie Rivers, 21, York City: "I think it's awesome.


I saw all those people crying on TV, and it really touched me. I'm really happy for all those people who feel like they're respected now."

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