How the Supreme Court’s Decision on Gay Marriage Will Affect Iowa Same-Sex Couples


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LAKE MILLS, IA – All eyes are on the Supreme Court as it is set to rule on some controversial issues, and that includes same-sex marriage.

That ruling is expected this week, KIMT News 3 met one local couple who will definitely be watching closely.

“We are not a second type of married, we’re married and we should have those same kinds of benefits that all other families do.”

Rachel Olson and Heather Yeoman are cautiously optimistic about the upcoming Supreme Court decision on Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act or DOMA.

There are several scenarios that could come out of the historic decision.

If a gay marriage ban is found to be unconstitutional and prop. 8 is struck down, then same-sex marriages could be a reality nationwide. And if the DOMA provision is stuck down, couples like Rachel and Heather will be able to enjoy benefits that they are now excluded from.

“Being able to check that little married box when we file our federal taxes and being able to make important health care decisions for each other as we age. Being able to enjoy those same benefits that all married couples get now, that we’re excluded from just because of who we decided to marry,” says Heather.

The Lake Mills couple are preparing to celebrate their one year wedding anniversary next month and say there’s more than just financial benefits they will reap from a ruling against prop. 8 and DOMA.

“Appreciating the validation we get from our families and friends and all of that is just another step in this being recognized as it should,” adds Rachel.

While those who want to see the Supreme Court come down on the other side of this issue are hoping to keep marriage as defined as one-man, one-woman, these local family members, including 14-year-old son Nate, say they deserve the same benefits.

“We just want to live a normal life so I really think it should happen I really think it should get struck down, because we’re just normal there’s no reason why it should still be there,” says Nate Jordon.

But this family knows there is a possibility that the outcome will not be what they hope.

“It will be disappointing but we’ll still hold onto that same hope we have right now that eventually history always plays out.”

The Supreme Court decision is expected tomorrow. Stay with KIMT News 3 for the latest.

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