The U.S. Supreme Court opinions regarding gay marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act are more than just legal opinions. They also contribute to gay acceptance from a social perspective.
"It's a great step in the right direction to guaranteeing our equality and when you feel equal and you feel cherished, it's only going to have a positive response for people," said Community AIDS Network/Akron Pride Center Executive Director Rebecca Callahan.
Callahan believes there could be a relationship between a higher acceptance of gay people and lower incidents of bullying, depression or overall opposition to gay or lesbian couples and individuals. She says the opinions of the high court don't solve those problems, but could help to chip away at them.
She says the rulings may also prompt more support to overturn Ohio's ban on same sex marriage because they "highlight the unfairness among states that have same-sex marriage bans." Callahan is hoping that Ohioans will take action to recognize same-sex marriage as early as 2014.