BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Baton Rouge couple in celebrated the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage.
Elaine M. Maccio and Sherry Desselle followed their professional journeys to Louisiana with little hope the day would come. On Friday, they could hardly hold back the joy.
"I just wanted to hug her and jump up and down," Desselle said.
The women have been a couple for 13 years. They said relatives and friends have supported their relationship, but it has been difficult at times to face others outside of that circle.
Maccio, a social worker, and Desselle, a psychologist, met online.
"I was actually looking for gay friendly cities across the country and came across a site that had that plus a match program," Maccio said.
Neither were living in Louisiana, but it has been home to them since 2006. While other states began recognizing same-sex marriage separately, the women said they had just accepted that it would not happen here.
"I think she's thought about [marriage], but I wouldn't let myself. It just hurt too much. I didn't want to think about it," Desselle said.
"I began the nagging a few weeks ago," Maccio joked.
The two have traveled the world to Scotland, London, and states across the country, but decided they would not get married until it became legal in the state they lived in.
On Friday morning, the two got the news they had longed for. It came from their mothers.
"The first message I heard was from my mother. It's pretty ironic but she goes, uh we have a wedding to prepare for," Desselle said.
Her partner, Maccio, was not far behind. As usual, she said, reeling with excitement.
"I left a message saying, 'Hey it's me. Did you hear the news? Call me,'" Maccio said.
The women said while the Supreme Court ruling is a major triumph for them and the LGBT community, they do realize there are still many battles ahead, like equality at work, when they look for housing, and even the little things some people take for granted when planning the celebration of their lives.
"We can say we'll have all the weddings we want, but what kind of obstacles are we going to run into when we try to hire the caterer," Maccio explained.
The women said they are in no rush. After all, they have been waiting 13 years for this moment. The rest, they believe, will fall in place.
"I think we're going to win. Love always wins," Desselle said.