Same Sex Couples Cheer after SCOTUS Ruling

Same Sex Couples Cheer after SCOTUS Ruling

Wednesday marks a major victory for gay rights. The Supreme Court's decision in two historic cases has a local same sex couple thrilled.
MEMPHIS, TN (localmemphis.com) - Wednesday marks a major victory for gay rights. The Supreme Court's decision in two historic cases has a local same sex couple thrilled.

Vanessa Rodley can hardly put her excitement into words that now she and her partner can go home to be officially recognized as a married couple.

"Oh wow, I'm just overwhelmed with excitement. I never thought this would actually happen. Prop 8 is big to me because I'm from California so now I can go home and get married. Just have to wait for Tennessee to get on board, which hopefully will be our next step to get all the other states on board," said Rodley.

Her partner, Jennifer Murray, grew up with lesbian parents. She says the Supreme Court's ruling against the Defense of Marriage Act marks a historic turn for a better future in the LBGT community.

"This is really amazing for me personally. I grew up in a home, a house with two lesbians as parents, so from the age I could speak at 3 or 4 I was an advocate for equality in the LGTB community, so for me, this is personally at the age of 31 a monumental day," she said.

The decision that will help same-sex married couples to receive federal benefits like social security survivor payments and tax deductions has angered some religious organizations, but one local clergy member is taking a stand in the fight for gay rights.

Father Joseaph Wallace-Williams with Grace-St. Luke's Episcopal Church told Local 24 News, "I think that this is one step closer to respecting the dignity of every human being which is, as an Episcopal priest, something that we hold dear and as one of the fundamental principals of the gospel and I am delighted to see our Supreme Court take this step."

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