Mid-Michigan reacts to Supreme Court ruling
Wed, 26 Jun 2013 22:50:42 GMT —
In a 5-4 ruling, the Supreme Court struck down a federal law that denied federal benefits to gay married couples.
The Defense of Marriage Act kept legally-married same-sex couples from receiving tax, health and pension benefits that go to heterosexual married couples.
In the other ruling, the justices said nothing at all about same-sex marriage itself but they left in place a finding by a trial court that California's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional.
"I've cried this morning for almost 15 minutes after I heard the decision," said president of the Carman-Ainsworth Education Association.
Overruling DOMA provides federal benefits to same-sex couples only in states that acknowledge gay marriage.
"Proud to say we were legally married on August 5, 2006 in Windsor, Ontario," smiled Burger.
But frank and his husband's union is not recognized in Michigan.
"We each have to carry our own health insurance policy from our employers. We have to own property separately as individuals in the state of Michigan."
Terri Dinsmore is the president of Genesee County's Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. "If I was to go and get married in say, Massachusetts, and came back to Michigan to live that doesn't necessarily mean the federal government would recognize me."
Not all are on-board with the High Court's ruling.
"We regret the U.S. Supreme Court invalidating the Congress of the United States passing the DOMA overwhelmingly by a bipartisan majority and signed into law by President Bill Clinton," said Gary Glenn of the American Family Association of Michigan.
Glenn said that children should be raised with a mother a father.
UM Flint political science professor, Albert Price, Ph.D. said the ruling signals a wave of change.
"In 2013, a lot has changed and I don't think it would be a successful to prohibit it. I predict that it's going to happen as a national movement," said Price.
"I never thought marriage equality would happen in my lifeteime and now I'm somewhat hopeful," said Dinsmore.