Locals React to High Court Ruling that Bolsters Gay Marriage

Posted at: 06/26/2013 7:23 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A big decision Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court as they strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. The historic move struck down the federal law that denies federal benefits to same sex couples.

For some it was a life changing ruling.

"I feel like I'm a full fledge free citizen for the first time in my life, I can't tell you what that means," said Kimberly Edson

"I got up and turned on the T.V. and we were jumping around the living room right away before we'd even had coffee," said Amy Britain.

Amy Britain has been with her partner for 9 years. She was already excited about gay marriage being legalized in Minnesota.

"Well just yesterday we filled out our marriage applications, so then today we said do you realize what this means," said Britain.

Kimberly Edson says the biggest change for her and her  partner will be the federal benefits.

"I'm really, believe it or not, looking forward to filing taxes for the first time because it will be much more simple," said Edson.

But for others the decision brought concerns.

"With me, the bible is pretty clear whether it's right or not," said Reverend Kenneth Burget.

Burget says he's hoping both sides can comes together and have a more civil conversation on the topic.

"When you begin to be judgmental and you begin to tell people straight up without loving them, without having a true relationship with them, then of course you’re going to get back lash," said Burget.

But for many this ruling has long seemed only a dream.

"It seems like it’s moving really fast, but really this is long overdue, I've been fighting for gay rights my whole life," said Britain.

With gay marriage still illegal in many states, some feel there is still more work to be done.

"It paints a very bright future for the entire GLBT community and our entire country, that there will be freedom, justice, and equality for everyone," said Edson.

With the ruling there will be 13 states where gay marriage is legal. Gay marriage becomes legal in Minnesota August 1st.