Feedback: Locals Watch Court Battle Over Gay Marriage


It's the hottest ticket in our nation's capitol - a chance to listen in as the United States Supreme Court debates same-sex marriage.

"It's time that the government catch up and recognize that gay people as well as straight people want to marry the person they love, share their life," said Terra Thompson-Reed, a Watertown woman who married her longtime partner.

Legal in New York, along with nine other states and the District of Columbia, same-sex marriage is not recognized on a federal level.

Locally, there's hope that could be about to change.

"That way, no matter where we go, our marriage will be recognized as valid," said Watertown's Richard Baker, who married his partner after the state legalized same-sex marriage.

The debate is at the Supreme Court level because of Edith Windsor.

She received a $363,000 estate tax bill when her partner, of 44 years, died.

If Windsor had been married to a man, she would have paid nothing.

That pushed Windsor to the forefront of the battle for marriage equality.

"For anybody who doesn't understand why we want it and why we need it, OK, it is magic," said Windsor.

But judging by sites like Facebook, a lot of people do understand, or at least support same-sex marriage.

The symbol, a sign of support, is popping up all over timelines.

"Very positive to see all the equal signs and the different pieces out there that talk about how everyday folks support, across all different groups, support equal marriage rights," said Thompson-Reed.

While support may be nice, the only thing that will matter in this battle will be a decision - expected in June.

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Saturday, December 10, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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