Feedback: Gay Rights Advocates Applaud Supreme Court Ruling


"This is huge. I never thought I'd live to see it," said Richard Baker.

As a gay hairdresser in Watertown, Baker says the fight for same-sex marriage has always been a personal one.

He married his partner almost two years ago.

Now with the Supreme Court's ruling, Baker says he'll finally get the federal recognition - and acceptance - he has waited for years to see.

"It also gives us a sense of belonging in society on an equal basis, on an equal footing with everyone else, which is all everybody ever really wants," said Baker. 

In two landmark decisions, a divided Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay rights.

It struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which denied benefits to same-sex couples.

The court also cleared the way for gay marriage to resume in California.

Back in the north country, Terra Thompson-Reed and her partner, Danielle, say it's a day to celebrate.

"Our families and co-workers and friends and children stand together with us. And we're happy that the Supreme Court was able to do the right thing - the fair thing," said Thompson-Reed.

But the high court's decision still leaves many questions unanswered - like what about the 37 states that don't currently allow same-sex marriage?

Could the rulings change that?

Only time will tell.

But either way, these decisions are a victory for supporters of gay rights.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016
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