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Lea Chiki, of Athens. Photo provided.

Which current presidential candidates really appeal to you? Why? 

“Hillary because she is a woman and has been there before. I also like Bernie Sanders and his ideas.”

– Shawna Young, 30, of Guysville

Teller supervisor

 

“None. No one has appealed to me thus far.”

– Cortney Beymer, 37, of Athens

Social worker

 

“I am interested in Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders. I am interested in Hillary Clinton because she is very vocal about women's rights, guns issues and foreign affairs. I believe that Bernie Sanders sees what many people in my generation see about many issues including big money in government, gun issues, climate change, the ‘war’ on drugs, etc.”

Katy Shusta, 23, of Athens

Social worker

 

“Unfortunately none.”

– Lea Chiki, 64, of Athens

RN

 

“Bernie Sanders. He's relatable, a public servant, cares about the daily issues we are all struggling with and most of all I believe him and therefore believe in him.”

Christin Tripp, 30, of Athens

Analyst/econ instructor

 

“I like Ben Carson. He’s an outsider and he isn’t swayed yet by D.C. politics. He’s soft-spoken, modest, calm. I like that he does take time to think. An instant answer is not always the best. He puts thought and meaning into his actions and views.”

Amanda Conrath, 39, of Athens

Accounting clerk

 

“Honestly, very few of them. I'm interested in Clinton because she's a woman and I agree with many of her viewpoints. I don't know a lot about Sanders, but what's appealing is how he seems to be saying things that nobody else is saying. It's concerning to me that after eight years we haven't really come up with a viable candidate.”

Sarah Nelson, 30, of Athens

Special education teacher

 

“Trump.”

– Jessica Combs, 33, of Nelsonville

Operation manager

 

“I've been a supporter of Hillary Clinton since her initial bid and favored her over Barack Obama. I like that Bernie Sanders keeps it humble. If I had to vote today, I'd vote for Hillary.”

– Kami Perritt, 38, of New Marshfield

Certified application counselor

 

“Bernie. But we had a lot of HOPE with Obama too. No other candidate is even speaking about the issues that matter most to me. I believe Bernie's heart is in the right place, but Congress (is) a mess. So really, how's he going to raise the minimum wage with all our elected reps, representing corporate and lobby interests, not voters? Oh wait, corporations are voters now too, they just vote with money.”

– Ann Moneypenny, 54, of Athens

Committee chair at Upgrade Athens County

 

“Bernie Sanders. The U.S. Patriot Act violates constitutional amendments and I appreciate him asking the hard questions.”

– Carissa Rose, 26, of Athens

Massage therapist

 

“Not really any of them at this time. I think the American political process has become grotesque and corrupt. I think it's disgusting that we have to begin talking about the next presidential election 20 months before said election will take place. I want to invent a device to eliminate all unsolicited political messaging from my life. I'm interested in Bernie Sanders as an alternative to the madness of the two-party shouting match that has evolved over the past few decades. I'd be very excited about an Elizabeth Warren candidacy but it seems unlikely that she'll run.”

Jennifer Dockman, 33, of Nelsonville

Office drone

 

“Bernie Sanders appeals to me in ways none of the other candidates, both Democrat and Republican, do. He speaks to the issues and offers solutions to the problems they present. Because none of the other candidates seem to want to face those sorts of decisions in public, they lack credibility in my mind. I have to ask, if someone can not articulate a solution to a widespread social problem for our country, how can I trust that they will do a good job running the place?”

Lisa Heinz, 46, of Albany

Doctorate student

 

“Bernie Sanders has my vote and I really hope he gets the nomination. He's somewhat of an oxymoron, an honest politician. I like that he's willing to stand up to big money and say, ‘No, I can't be bought.’ He doesn't change his message when talking to someone who might not agree with him. Case in point, his recent speech at Liberty University. I remember when politicians and people from different parties were able to have reasoned conversations with each other and it didn't turn into hatefulness. They were able to calmly listen to each other, take in information and find at least some common ground. I'm not sure how or why that's changed but to me Bernie Sanders epitomizes that reasonable politician and that's just the big picture of his appeal. His stance on so many issues mirrors my own perfectly, including needing to take back the government from special interests.”

Alisa Loudner, 46, of Nelsonville

Sales associate

 

“I am pretty sure Donald Trump would do good things for our country and help with the debt. I also believe a woman president would make some much needed changes as well.”

– Jennifer Theiss, 35, of Coolville

Personal assistant

 

“Hillary and Bernie because, well, I'm about as liberal as they come. I know they say if you vote Republican before you're 30 you have no heart, but if you vote Democrat after 30 you have no brain. Which means I must have no brain, but I'm fine with that because my heart's still too big to vote Republican.”

Meriah Bond, 35, of Nelsonville

Billing clerk

 

“Bernie Sanders. He's the only candidate truly for the people.”

– Jessann Black, 26, of Athens

Server

 

“Bernie Sanders because he is the only genuine candidate I have ever heard of, and he is fighting for the people, not for whatever issues his bigwig donors say he should fight for.”

– Anna Stevens, 34, of Millfield

Administrative assistant

 

“Bernie Sanders. He seems like a down to earth guy with some common sense.”

– Evelina Bloom, 32, of Athens

Marketing

 

“Bernie!! He stands for the lower middle class and rights for all women.”

– Jessica Fletcher, 26, of Athens

Music therapist

 

“I'm really torn between Bernie Sanders and Gloria La Riva. La Riva has a lot of the same ideals as Sanders, and is a little more aware of women's issues and racial tensions. Sanders has the media appeal and notoriety needed to actually pull off a successful campaign, so it comes down to the age old question of whether to cast my vote for someone who isn't quite the right choice (but has the necessary clout to run), and thus perpetuate the limited party system, or cast my vote for someone I truly believe in but doesn't have much of a chance of winning.”

– Caitlin Seida, 26, of The Plains

Writer

 

“I am not sure that any one appeals to me greatly. I appreciate Bernie Sanders and some of his views. But some of his views I don't agree with. He will never make it in the oval office however!”

– Karen Radebaugh, 38, of Athens

Student/artist

 

“Bernie Sanders. I believe he is a man of integrity and would advocate for issues that are important to me.”

– Connie Patterson, 36, of Athens

Assistant dean

 

“Bernie Sanders. His policies and views are the strongest of the candidates currently in the race. It is time that we give the power back to the people instead of handing it to corporate America; however, I'd be good with anyone who's not Donald Trump.”

– Lily, 20, of Athens

Student

 

“Bernie Sanders. He wants to change the economic injustice of the 1 percent filthy rich and too many others scrambling for a living and basic health care in this country. He would put more emphasis on higher education. He believes in diplomacy as a way to solve international problems. He has been consistent and open about his beliefs for years. He has Senate experience.”

– Helen Horn, 83, of New Marshfield

Former teacher, counselor, oral historian, writer

 

“Bernie Sanders – he is advocating for what needs done, not just making a mockery of the entire thing. His stand on things like climate control, women's rights and social security are on point. Trump is an absolute joke, Hillary has some things right, but I just don't see her being our president.”

– Amanda Pugh, 23, of Athens

Real estate assistant

 

“Bernie Sanders; it's simple, I relate to him more than any other candidate. He grew up as a civil-rights activist, he wants to get big money out of politics, and his passions align with my own. He will fight for our basic needs – income equality, living wage, health care and conserving our planet Earth. I trust this man. Look at his track record as mayor of Burlington, Vermont. He comes from a state that is thriving at energy efficiency, decreasing their carbon footprint and innovative sustainable living.”

– Jennifer Schwirian, 40-something, of The Plains, Worker bee

 

“I like Bernie Sanders because I agree with him on so many issues. Hillary, I'm just not sure of. I would love to see a woman president, I just don't know if it's Hillary. I like Joe Biden and I think he would make an excellent president, but until he decides to run, he isn't an option. I could go with any one of the three with Hillary being last.”

– Marcy OBrien, 63, of Shade

Classified employee, OU

 

“Donald Trump, mainly because he isn't a politician and I am sick of politicians. They all try to talk themselves up, and they don't do nearly half of what they say they will in office. However, Trump is a what-you-see-is-what-you-get kind of guy, and I think it would be a good change.”

– Nikki Burcher, 22, of Glouster

Graphic designer

 

“Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson. They both seem highly intelligent and seem to be compassionate people who really seem to care about families.”

– Emily Brunton, 29, of Glouster

Optician

 

“Bernie Sanders. He's the only one who isn't beholden to corporate interests and genuinely seems like he knows what the real issue are that we need to address in this country.”

– Erin Nash, 41, of Amesville

Librarian and massage therapist

 

“I suppose I am feeling the Bern.”

– Natalie Eskey, 32, of Athens

Baker/business owner

 

“Bernie Sanders. He is honest and truthful, shares all my social values and has a history of standing behind his beliefs. He never has to apologize for a controversial vote in Congress. I couldn't imagine a better candidate.”

– Vicky Mattson, 55, of Athens

Homemaker

 

Which current presidential candidates really turn you off? Why?

“Trump because he is full of hot air and no real plans. Agreed we need truth but not ignorance.”

– Shawna Young, 30, of Guysville

Teller supervisor

 

 

“Trump because he is making a mockery of the campaign.”

– Cortney Beymer, 37, of Athens

Social worker

 

“Basically any republican because I disagree with most of their stances on important issues.”

– Katy Shusta, 23, of Athens

Social worker

 

“The Donald, he apparently thinks only his type of women are attractive. Sounds like he wouldn't vote for someone unless they meet his whacko definition of attractive.”

Lea Chiki, 64, of Athens

RN

 

“Donald Trump. Does that really need an explanation?”

Christin Tripp, 30, of Athens

Analyst/Econ instructor

 

“Hillary Clinton. I’m a woman. I’d love to vote for a woman; just not this one. She’s not reliable, is not truthful. She scares me. She has been faced with numerous scandals over the past years; foreign donations, email servers, her inept handling and cover up of the four Americans killed in Benghazi.”

– Amanda Conrath, 39, of Athens

Accounting clerk

 

“Any one of them who became an actor rather than a thought-provoking participant in a national discussion. Which I expect may well be all of them, although some more than others.”

– Faith Knutsen, 53, of Athens

Associate director of operations

 

“Honestly, I'm pretty turned off just by the fact that we seem to be in full swing of the campaign and the election is still 14 months away. I'm horrified and disgusted by the things that Trump, Kasich, Jeb Bush and Rubio say. We've lived in Kasich's Ohio for 5 years now... we should know exactly what Kasich's America will look like. That's frightening. This election has a lot of potential impact on women’s issues. I hope that all women who are able to are paying attention.”

– Sarah Nelson, 30, of Athens

Special education teacher

 

“Clinton.”

– Jessica Combs, 33, of Nelsonville

Operation manager

 

“Donald Trump, Mike Huckabee and Ted Cruz. There is no place for bigotry and willful ignorance in our society.”

Kami Perritt, 38, of New Marshfield

Certified application counselor

 

“The toupee one share remain nameless, he's got enough of an audience already.”

Ann Moneypenny, 54, of Athens

Committee chair

 

“Too many to list...most of them, really.

I'm sick of political hustle and talking points and bigotry disguised as ‘American Values.’ The corruption is so all-encompassing that I'm unconvinced that anyone can achieve POTUS without selling their souls to those with the deepest pockets.”

Jennifer Dockman, 33, of Nelsonville

Office drone

 

“The guy with the tribble on his head. He's a distraction in so many ways and should go away as quickly as possible.”

– Lisa Heinz, 46, of Albany

Doctorate student

 

“Anyone who is not willing to help the lower/middle class.”

– Jennifer Theiss, 35, of Coolville

Personal assistant

 

“Donald Trump, I mean, that's got to be a joke, right?”

– Meriah Bond, 35, of Nelsonville

Billing clerk

 

“Donald Trump. Just NO.”

– Virginia Dykeman, 40, of Athens

Home-health aide

 

“Donald Trump. He's sexist. He's a reality TV star who is for big corporations.”

– Jessann Black, 26, of Athens

Server

 

“Everyone other than Bernie Sanders because they represent everything wrong with the world.”

– Anna Stevens, 34, of Millfield

Administrative assistant

 

“Although I want to wait to decide on a candidate, it is easy to say that the ‘blow your own horn and insult others because you don't know enough to actually confront them’ tactics of his Trumpness are totally amusing. I regret that his gaffes get so much press.”

– Kim Brown, 68, of Athens

Retired from OU Athletics and College of Education

 

“Donald Trump. He's so decisive and insensitive.”

– Evelina Bloom, 32, of Athens

Marketing

 

“Trump and most of the other Republicans. Get out of my uterus and stop trying to tell me what is best for my body!!!!”

– Jessica Fletcher, 26, of Athens

Music therapist

 

“Trump is probably the worst offender this election. When you have a man with Napoleon syndrome trying to work through his impotency issues in a public forum, bad things happen.”

– Caitlin Seida, 26, of The Plains

Writer

 

“Trump! He says a lot of nothing, and very loudly. I feel that he is a showman and tells people what he thinks that they want to hear. A snake oil salesman comes to mind when I think of him. Carson seemed to be alright, but then he stated that a Muslim (American) should not be President, and I was very turned off. Nowhere in our Constitution does it state that certain religions are to be excluded from holding office, regardless of popular opinion (and Mr. Carson's). This says to me that Carson is religiously biased himself, and perhaps a bit intolerant of diversity.”

– Karen Radebaugh, 38, of Athens

Student/artist

 

“Donald Trump is a joke!”

– Connie Patterson, 36, of Athens

Assistant dean

 

“Donald Trump. He is a loose cannon with extremist views; he would do this country so much harm. He is sexist, racist and misogynistic, and we do not need that controlling our country.”

– Lily, 20, of Athens

Student

 

“Donald Trump. He scorns others for shallow reasons. He is arrogant about his own abilities despite lacking government experience. He doesn't have coherent policies to propose in place of the ones he criticizes. He looks down on women.”

– Helen Horn, 83, of New Marshfield

Former teacher, counselor, oral historian, writer

 

“Trump. Absolute joke.”

– Amanda Pugh, 23, of Athens

Real estate assistant

 

“Donald Trump does not appeal to me. He is more of a reality star that a political star. I'm hoping his stardom starts to fade soon. It was amusing at first but has become tedious and predictable.”

– Jennifer Schwirian, 40-something, of The Plains, Worker bee

 

“Donald Trump makes me cringe and embarrassed to be an American. I want our leader to be someone who can be compassionate to all people, understand experiences from all walks of life and have the people’s best interest at heart, not his own or the top 1 percent. He is really hurting the Republican Party in my opinion. He may have a lot of money but he's lacking in common sense, morals and ethics.”

– Amanda Sharrai, 38, of Athens

Realtor

 

“Every single one of the GOP candidates! Where do I begin? They are so out of touch!”

– Marcy OBrien, 63, of Shade

Classified employee, OU

 

“None. I think they all have great ideas and plans for this country.”

– Nikki Burcher, 22, of Glouster

Graphic designer

 

“Hillary Clinton is a terrible candidate. She is a horrible role model for women. I can't imagine why anyone would vote for someone who believes a baby should be killed at any point during a pregnancy, for any reason.”

– Emily Brunton, 29, of Glouster

Optician

 

“All of the Republican field basically. I don't believe any of them has any idea what happens in the lives of ordinary Americans. And don't get me started on this whole ignorance about immigrants and the president's religion and women's bodies. The entire thing is like one bad performance art piece where they're all trying to outdo the others with the level of idiocy they can muster. All the while ignoring some of the major issues that need to be addressed.”

– Erin Nash, 41, of Amesville

Librarian and massage therapist

 

“Donald Trump. He is ignorance, racism, classism and arrogance personified.”

– Natalie Eskey, 32, of Athens

Baker/business owner

 

“All of the Republicans.”

– Vicky Mattson, 55, of Athens

Homemaker

 

“Obama is ruining our world.”

– Tabitha Rhoades, 24, of Glouster

 

Is the United States a better or worse place since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage? Explain. 

“So much better. Regardless of gender, consenting adults have the right to marriage. True love is the most powerful force in the universe."

– Carissa Rose, 26, of Athens

Massage therapist

 

“I feel it is a better place. The country was founded on separation of church and state. That means all items of church and state are separate. Once you start greying those boundaries, were does it stop?”

Heather Cozart, 38, of Athens

Health-care director

 

 “Better for those it affects but I feel like it's the same for everyone else if they accept the ruling. To each there own is my opinion.”

Shawna Young, 30, of Guysville

Teller supervisor

 

“Better. It has been way over due. Who are we to decide who can or cannot marry? I am embarrassed that it took our country so long to overturn this law."

Cortney Beymer, 37, of Athens

Social worker

 

“The United States is a better place because everyone is a little bit closer to equality.”

Katy Shusta, 23, of Athens

social worker

 

“It is a better place. If the world survives another 100 years, people will still be talking about why it took so long.”

Lea Chiki, 64, of Athens

RN

 

“Better place! Our younger generation will grow up in a world more concerned with equality, openness, love and kindness.”

Christin Tripp, 30, of Athens

Analyst/Econ instructor

 

“Without a doubt a better place. Everyone should be equal and two people should be able to formalize their relationship regardless of their sex. Depriving people of the benefits would likely have a negative impact on same sex couples, their children and families. The nation is a better place since SCOTUS got this one right. “

Amanda Conrath, 39, of Athens

Accounting clerk

 

“Any law which constructively codifies equal treatment for citizens previously unrecognized due to personal traits or preferences irrelevant to their standing as good citizens is a step forward. Better.”

Faith Knutsen, 53, of Athens

Associate director of operations for TechGROWTH Ohio

 

“I think the ruling was a long time coming, but I sincerely hope that we don't now think that we have solved all of our problems. LGBT individuals around the country still face extreme discrimination and lack of safety on a daily basis. We have a lot of work to do.”

Sarah Nelson, 30, of Athens

Special education teacher

 

“Better. Absolutely better. The United States of America is the land of the free and the home of the brave. We are all granted equal rights under the law. I'm a Christian. I unequivocally believe in the separation of church and state. I'm not going to write a sermon about what a ‘real’ Christian is but I would like to point out that the world ‘homosexual’ wasn't added to the Bible until 1946. Unless you've studied Hebrew, Aramaic and Ancient Greek, you've only read translations of the Bible. The Greek word ‘arsenokoites’ (found in 1 Corinthians and Timothy)is often translated to ‘homosexual.’ That's not what it means at all. It translates to ‘male prostitute.’ Jesus said to follow the law of the land and love everyone. As difficult as this may be, he didn't specify any exceptions.”                  

Kami Perritt, 38, of New Marshfield

Certified application counselor

 

“Better. I'd explain but it should be self evident, if it's not my words are falling on heads filled with hate.”

Ann Moneypenny, 54, of Athens

Committee chair

 

“Either we're a country that believes that everyone deserves to be treated equally under the law, or we don't. Granting LBGTQ citizens the right to be treated equally under the law and eligible for the same rights and protections as hetero couples, is a win for the ‘American Dream.’ Decreasing inequality improves the country for everyone, regardless of their sex/gender identification."

Jennifer Dockman, 33, of Nelsonville

Office drone

 

“It's a better place for all citizens and residents of this country because one major social institution, marriage, is now open for all of us to embrace. The issue as it headed to the Supreme Court did, however, bring to light other social inequities that LGBTQ citizens face in everyday life that still need protective laws. Workplace discrimination, for example, is a huge issue for many people in this country. For LGBTQ folks, this behavior is still legal in 32 states (35 if you include those that protect only for sexual orientation and not gender-identity). We have a long way to go.”

Lisa Heinz, 46, of Albany

Doctorate student

 

“Better. The Supreme Court did what they were supposed to do, they interpreted the Constitution and realized that denying a basic right to any citizen is against the law. I have family members who are upset by the decision who quote the Bible and say the SCOTUS decision ignores that and tries to change that. No, it doesn't. It merely says that according to the law of man, all men are equal and that includes our LGBTQ citizens. Our country is not a theocracy, it's a democracy. The law of the land/man is the law. We can't be a country ruled by religion. It's the antithesis of what we were founded on. America is supposed to be a place where all religions are welcome, all races, etc. To say we need to follow God's law is to exclude the members of our society who don't worship the same god, or any god at all.”

– Alisa Loudner, 46, of Nelsonville

Sales associate

 

“I have so many friends and family that this has affected dramatically. I believe it is an amazing thing.”

Jennifer Theiss, 35, of Coolville

Personal assistant

 

“It's better. There was no Constitutional basis to prohibit same-sex marriage, so I'm always in favor of the Constitution winning out over personal beliefs.”

Meriah Bond, 35, of Nelsonville

Billing clerk

 

“I may not be the person to ask. I leave this kind of thing up to God. It is not my business and it does not affect my life personally.”

Virginia Dykeman, 40, of Athens

Home-health aide

 

“Better. We're one step closer to equality.”

Jessann Black, 26, of Athens

Server

 

“Better. Marriage is marriage and equal rights mean equal for all. As far as all of the fervor from the Christian-right goes, it's good to be having the conversations, and to know who on your friends list is against equality.”

Anna Stevens, 34, of Millfield

Administrative assistant

 

“It is much, much better. Before the ruling, same sex couples could spend years in a relationship, often emotional rather than sexual. Their commitment to each other could outlast many legal marriages. They were denied benefits that heterosexual couples took for granted. They were denied the opportunity to be a ‘couple’ to pay taxes. They were not covered by their partners insurance and were kept out of hospital rooms when their partners were sick or dying (because they weren't family) and didn't automatically inherit estates. Heterosexuals who didn't marry but co-habitated could claim a ‘Common Law’ marriage, but same sex couples didn't receive the same privilege. Same sex couples are people, and all people should have equal rights. I think the U.S. is moving in the right direction.”

Kim Brown, 68, of Athens

Retired from OU Athletics and College of Education

 

“Better. All people should be able to love and marry the person of their choice.”

Evelina Bloom, 32, of Athens

Marketing

 

“Better! I sleep better and my heart is fuller knowing marriage is now equal.”

Jessica Fletcher, 26, of Athens

Music therapist

 

“The U.S. has absolutely become a better place in most ways because of the ruling. People who formerly had no access to health care have it. People who would have had to watch their loved ones go through a medical crisis from afar now have the right to be with them. I'd like to see anti-discrimination laws change in accordance, but it's a huge step and I'm grateful it happened in my lifetime.”

– Caitlin Seida, 26, of The Plains

Writer

 

“I have no opinion on this, either way. It is what it is.”

Karen Radebaugh, 38, of Athens

Student/artist

 

“The U.S. is a much better place since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage.”

– Connie Patterson, 36, of Athens

Assistant dean

 

“Absolutely better. Live and let live. If you don't like ‘gay marriage,’ don't get ‘gay married.'"

– Lily, 20, of Athens

Student

 

“Our country is finally able to operate with equality toward all when it comes to sexual orientation. Government can finally practice what it preaches on more of the words mouthed in our pledge of allegiance.”

– Helen Horn, 83, of New Marshfield

Former teacher, counselor, oral historian, writer

 

“I don't care what you do as long as you don't shove it in my face and make a scene about it. If you are trans, gay, lesbian, straight, whatever you are, just rock it. Believe in yourself and be confident and don't let others just push you aside. Do your thing.”

– Amanda Pugh, 23, of Athens

Real estate assistant

 

“The United States will be better for it.”

– Jennifer Schwirian, 40-something, of The Plains

Worker bee

 

“Love is love. I think our nation is a much better place now that we legally recognize same sex marriage. Don't get me wrong – we have a long way to go. I'm proud to live in an America where we recognize that all people should be allowed to love and marry who they choose to love and marry.”

– Amanda Sharrai, 38, of Athens

Realtor

 

“BETTER! No one has the right to deny people the right to happiness and legal stability with a life partner. Gender does not make or break the sanctity of marriage... divorce does!”

– Marcy O'Brien, 63, of Shade

Classified employee, OU

 

“I think it has gotten worse. I don't mean in the ‘this country is going to hell’ type of way. I think that people are handling the actions wrong of people who don't support it. I am heterosexual, and if a gay/lesbian person didn't want to support it in any way because it was viewed as wrong, then I would go to someone who did support it. Many people have different beliefs, and I think in this country, we should respect one another's and deal with people who believed the same way.”

– Nikki Burcher, 22, of Glouster

Graphic designer

 

“I think the condition of the country hasn't changed since the Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage. What will change, and has been changing even before the ruling, is the dynamic of a family. Children are being told that having two moms is no different than having two dads, or a mom and a dad. I believe that I thrived from having a mom and a dad. No woman could have filled the shoes of my father, and no man could've filled the shoes of my mom. It saddens me that people seem to think children don't benefit from having a male and female parent. Children need a mother and a father.”

– Emily Brunton, 29, of Glouster

Optician

 

“Better! It was a very emotional day when that happened because I know many people who would have loved to have the same rights as I do to get married, and previously they were denied these rights. I think it's one of those things that most Americans support, but with all of the shouting and screaming from the right wing it can be difficult to pick that out. It felt like a real win for popular opinion.”

– Erin Nash, 41, of Amesville

Librarian and massage therapist

 

“Better! My friends can get married; I've seen some fantastic wedding photos, and I made some super fun rainbow cupcakes to celebrate! Love is love.”

– Natalie Eskey, 32, of Athens

Baker/business owner

 

“Better! I have supported and worked on this issue and other civil rights issues for years. The Supreme Court ruling was a wonder.

– Vicky Mattson, 55, of Athens

Homemaker

 

“Better. I thought everyone should be allowed to love whoever they want. Same-sex marriage is allowed as a man and woman marrying each other.”

– Tabitha Rhoades, 24, of Glouster

 

 

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