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Dividing opinions following AG's same-sex rights announcement

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) -

Attorney General Eric Holder plans to expand federal government rights for same-sex couples. Central Pennsylvania's LGBT community was elated to hear the news from Washington, calling it a victory, but not everyone in the Midstate agrees.

Executive Director of Equality Pennsylvania Ted Martin feels Holder's announcement takes the country one step closer to equality.

"This makes people think, when the Attorney General of the United States comes out in such a strong way and says people should be treated fairly, and we look at the state we live in, it really calls into question whether or not Pennsylvania is up to par," said Martin.

Holder said the government will ensure that same-sex marriages receive the same privileges, protections and rights as opposite-sex marriages under federal law, a notion Philadelphia's Karen Kelly feels is past its due.

"It's about time," she said. "It's long overdue. It's a matter of human rights and civil rights, and Pennsylvania has been an embarrassment."

Kelly hopes change is near, and she says everyone deserves equal rights. "I am a Catholic, and I am a conscious Catholic, and I think it is important for us to all look at the rights of everyone in our community and protect them. "

While many support equal rights within Pennsylvania's state limits, there is opposition. abc27's Facebook page lit up with comments regarding Holder's announcement: One person commented, "Disgusting." Another woman even went as far to say she would "leave the USA" if this were to happen.

An obvious divide remains evident here in Pennsylvania. On Monday the Justice Department is expected to release more information regarding same-sex rights.

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