The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is cause for celebration for same-sex couples who were previously denied federal benefits.
At the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Flint it called for an impromptu party Wednesday night.
Minister Deane Oliva said the courtâ??s decision will open doors for the LGBT community in Michigan, and that it gives hope that one day soon, the state's same-sex marriage ban will be lifted.
â??Gay marriage is a real possibility here, it's an affirmation of who we are, and we need to re-look at where we are in Michigan politics, and we want to move forward,â?? Oliva said.
The court's decision could help a Detroit-area couple in their lawsuit challenging Michigan's gay marriage ban approved in 2004.
Back in March, the federal judge hearing the case postponed any decision because he wanted more guidance from the Supreme Court.