KIMT NEWS 3- It’s a historic decision for our country. The United State’s Supreme Court is striking down a provision that denied married same sex couples federal benefits.
The Supreme Court is also dismissing California’s Proposition 8 appeal, which clears the way for same sex unions in that state.
A rally took place at Central Park in Mason City, where local folks are celebrating the decision.
“It’s a great day for equality, that’s what our nation is all about, equal rights for all,” said Democratic State Representative Sharon Steckman.
The ruling from the nation’s highest court means more than 100,000 legally married same-sex couples can take advantage of federal rights that other married couples have like tax breaks and pension rights to name a few.
“One married couple should have the same rights as another. If you file your income taxes in Iowa as a couple and you’re a same sex couple, you can do that in Iowa but you can’t do it federally so this changes those rules,” said Steckman.
“A decision like this, it’s the Supreme Court. That’s the Supreme Court Justices, their ruling on how things are constitutional or not constitiutional, and at the end of the day you have to respect their decision,” said Republican State Representative Josh Byrnes.
Byrnes said he’s not too surprised by the decision.
“I think when President Clinton signed the Defense of Marriage Act, it was like 27% of people supported same sex marriage. I think today it’s over 50% of people support same sex marriage,” Byrnes said.
House Speaker John Boehner spoke about the decision, saying that he is disappointed in the ruling, and that he hopes more states will define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
The Supreme Court also dismissed California’s Proposition 8 appeal. That clears the way for same sex marriage in that state, making California the 13th state to recognize gay marriage.