In Minn., praise for high court ruling

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Some of the people who fought to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota are rejoicing over a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that such couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

Democratic Rep. Steve Simon of Hopkins says the high court ruling Wednesday gives further legitimacy to the marriages of Minnesota gay couples when they begin Aug. 1.

Among the many federal benefits that married gay couples will now enjoy is the right to file federal taxes jointly. The ruling also has implications for some health care benefits and Social Security benefits.

Richard Carlbom, the strategist who led the campaign to legalize gay marriage in Minnesota, says the ruling is about more than benefits. Carlbom says the federal government is saying that gays are equal citizens under the law.

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