Supporters of same-sex marriage react to Supreme Court ruling

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Some same sex couples are cautiously optimistic following Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling, waiting to see what happens next. Most who support same-sex marriage say the ruling is a stepping stone for what they see as fair treatment.

"38 states still have laws on the books that prohibit marriage equality, we want that changed," said Dr. Boyce Clark, of Baton Rouge.

Dr. Clark and his partner Patrick Millet have been together for five years, but by many standards they are only seen as roommates. That's because Louisiana law does not allow same-sex marriage.

"I see DOMA as a victory because that affects all Americans in every state," said Dr. Clark.

Until Wednesday, the Defense of Marriage Act defined marriage as being between a man and a woman for the purpose of federal benefits. With the Supreme Court's decision, those benefits will also extend to same-sex couples in states where gay marriage is legal.

"People are already asking questions," said Matthew Patterson, with Equality Louisiana. "They want to know what does this mean for my relationship and what does this mean for Louisiana."

Equality Louisiana is a group that seeks equal treatment for all Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people in the state.

Patterson believes the ruling will bring new energy to push for even more changes.

"People didn't think they'd ever see this five, six years ago," he said. "Equal protection and fair treatment for everyone, that's just the right thing to do."

Dr. Clark says he believes more Americans are supporting marriage equality and gay rights because they know someone who is affected. For he and his partner, he says they just want to be treated fairly.

"We have two kids, we go to swim team practice, we do homework, we go to PTA meetings just like everybody else. We want the same rights as everyone else."

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