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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

While backers of same-sex marriage celebrated a 5-4 decision from the Supreme Court Friday morning, Archbishop Michael Jackels of the Dubuque Archdiocese found himself feeling quite different.

"I'm disappointed," he said.  "It has nothing to do with those that are advocates of it, or who are presently married, whether here in Iowa or elsewhere, but disappointed because I don't think that marriage is subject to the kind of interpretations that voters or judges ... that's it's not open to that sort of interpretation."

The challenge now for the church, Jackels says, is continuing to preach their message while still practicing love towards everybody.

"So we'll continue to try to be humble and loving towards others, and we'll try to continue to teach what we're commissioned by Christ to teach," he said. "We will not only continue to teach and practice in our own faith community, but find ways not to force, we're not into forcing or imposing, but to help others see the truth and beauty and goodness of this view of marriage."

Jackels said he believes the ruling won't have a huge impact on the church.

"We've got no reason not to hope that the ruling will have no effect on religious freedom, on our ability to teach and act according to a faith formed conscious," he said.

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