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Local Same Sex Couple Talks About Supreme Court Ruling
MIAMI VALLEY -- With a giant step in one direction, same-sex couples are rejoicing, including those in the Miami Valley.
While the couples still can't legally marry here in the Buckeye State, if they get married in a state that allows it, they can now get federal benefits.
One couple we spoke to says the Supreme Court ruling is a giant leap toward equality for all same-sex couples and they're excited about what the future holds not only for them, but for others.
"Went out one night for my 25th birthday and that's when we had our first kiss, and really the rest is history," said Bill Perry with a laugh.
But it was really just the beginning for J.T. Rousch and Bill Perry.
They've been together now for 10 years and in October they plan to make it a lifetime commitment.
"I came home from work and we walked into the dining room. He had a vase there full of roses and a wanted poster that had my name on it and he did get down on one knee and propose," said Perry.
Both are proud of the commitment they've made to one another, despite the struggle they faced as a same-sex couple to get the same rights as straight couples.
"People are used to thinking of Bill and J.T.," said Perry. "People are used to seeing that happen, and I would love to see that on a national scale, where all they see us as is a committed couple."
Nationally, it's starting to happen.
The U.S. Supreme Court shot down an important part of the Defense Against Marriage Act, giving legally married gay couples the same federal benefits as married straight couples.
"It was pretty exciting, definitely a step in the right direction," said Rousch.
"That was definitely a momentous step in the right occasion," said Perry.
A step they hope will soon change the future for same-sex couples everywhere.
"This is not a stigma anymore for the current generation," said Perry. "This is a lot of confusion that people have, they don't understand why these rights aren't being shared, especially when it comes to two people who are willing to stand up in front of the world and say 'we're in it together and we mean it from now until the end of time'."
J.T. and Bill still plan to have their commitment ceremony in October. But they are considering going to one of the states where same-sex marriage is legal, to solidify their marriage and get the new benefits offered to married same-sex couples.
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