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      Same-sex marriage controversy continues

      Supreme Courts justices listened to arguments from attorneys challenging California's Proposition 8, a measure banning same-sex marriage , Tuesday morning .

      A CNN/ORC survey shows that 53% of Americans support same-sex marriages. That number has changed since 2007, when only 40% of Americans supported the controversial issue. The same survey shows that 57% Americans say they have a family member or close friend who is gay or lesbian. That number is up 12 points from 2007.

      Amarillo transgendered woman, Sandra Dunn, said that local residents are warming up to the idea of same-sex couples. "Amarillo as a whole toward the LGBT community, we do have a lot more people more accepting of us. We still got those who are not accepting," said Dunn.

      While some residents have opened up to change, other consider the religious aspects of same-sex marriage legalization. "If you believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God, it's very difficult for you to rationalize some way in which that relationship would be acceptable," said Olsen Park Church of Christ Preacher, Kyle Pope.

      Pope said he hasn't noticed a change in gay marriage tolerance in Amarillo. "I haven't seen any shift in the people that I have contact with. As Christians, we don't believe that marriage is something that man defines, we believe it's something that God has defined."

      For Dunn, the issue has legal implications as well. "This is where we have the separation of the 1st Amendment of our Constitution, separation of church and state," said Dunn. "This is a legal issue, not a religious issue."

      On March 27, 2013, Supreme Court justices will listen to arguments challenging the Federal Government's Defense of Marriage Act. The act, also known as DOMA, defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman.