NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WGGB/AP) — Gay rights supporters were celebrating the two favorable Supreme Court decisions that were handed down Wednesday.
“It’s a supremely fabulous day,” said Leslea Newman, Holyoke.
“It’s a very important decision. It effects so many married couples throughout the country especially here in Massachusetts,” said Northampton Attorney Bernadette Stark.
It’s a day many have been waiting years for.
The Supreme Court knocked down section three in the Defense of Marriage Act and dismissed California’s Proposition 8.
“I cried tears of joy all morning, it means a lot,” said J.M. Sorrell, Williamsburg.
Sorrell was so thrilled with the decisions she threw a party for her friends at Ibiza in Northampton.
The courts decision will have tremendous impacts for couples in Massachusetts by granting them the same federal rights given to straight couples.
“We have not had federal rights, so people when they fill their federal taxes they had to say they were single. That’s a dignity issue to check off single when you’re married,” said Sorrell.
The government says it will begin extending immigration benefits to gay married couples in light of the Supreme Court’s decision striking down key portions the law.
That means that U.S. citizens or permanent residents with foreign spouses would be able to sponsor their partners for U.S. residency, like straight married Americans can.
“It’s nice to do it the way they sort of envisioned for it,” said Matthias Stuart, who is originally from Germany.
The court only struck down section three of DOMA. Section two is still in place and that allows states where same-sex marriage is not recognized to deny couples equal rights that are given to straight couples.