Supreme Court Decision Hits Home for Bowling Green Family

The Supreme Court says legally married same-sex couples should get the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

Vin Testa of Washington waves a rainbow flag in support of gay rights outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, as key decisions are expected to be announced. The Supreme Court resolved five cases, including affirmative action, on Monday. That leaves disputes about gay marriage and voting rights among the six remaining cases. The justices are meeting again Tuesday to issue some opinions and will convene at least one more time. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Bowling Green — For Christin Mulwitz today was a victory.

"I think baby steps in any kind of a large issue or change anybody's frame of mind or thinking, it's going to take a long time. It's going to take more than a couple years," said Mulwitz.

The United States Supreme Court ruled that same sex married couples should now receive the same benefits as traditional married couples and also left in place a finding that California's Proposition 8 banning gay marriage is unconstitutional.

Mulwitz got married three years ago this month in Massachusetts, but the Commonwealth of Kentucky doesn't recognize it.

"One of the reasons we wanted to do that is we wanted to set a good example for our two children. Cohabitation or what not, I know it's kind of crazy for people to think gays have morals, but we do. So, we wanted to be married for our kid's sake," said Mulwitz.

Senator Mike Wilson R-Bowling Green said it will be a long time before same sex marriage would be legal in Kentucky.

"I think it will be a pretty good while before Kentucky does that. As you know, Kentucky has a Defense of Marriage Act which is actually enshrined in the Kentucky constitution and also the statutes which prohibit same sex marriage," said Wilson.

Regardless of Kentucky laws, for Mulwitz what she says she has is a family and a marriage.

"It really is a marriage to us. I, unlike others, don't care what you call it. I don't care if you call it a partnership. I don't care if you call it domestic cohabitation. I want the same rights and i want my children to not be ostracized," said Mulwitz.

Americans and Kentuckians will likely see this issue again!

There are still more states than not that ban same sex marriage.


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