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MA Couples Express How DOMA Will Change Their Lives


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SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –It’s a ruling Kelsey Flynn has been waiting decades for. “I was immediately rendered to tears. I will be again right now because I’ve been married to my wife, and we’ve been together 14 years,” Flynn sobbed.

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision ruling the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, means that married same sex couples will be afforded the same federal benefits as heterosexual married couples in everything from filing taxes to social security. “So now I look at it we’ve been together 23 years, then 9 more years of marriage, and about 6 hours equal. So this is a really big day for us,” Donald Henneberger joked.

9 years ago, Don & Arthur Henneberger made national headlines because of DOMA, when don applied for a passport after taking Arthur’s last name.

When the Bureau of Consular Affairs denied him he took them to court, defending himself. The case set a precedent for those in similar situations. “People’s mentality has changed. It’s taken a long, long time,” Arthur Henneberger said.

Although many view the decision as a victory, LGBT advocate Bernadette Harrigan says this is only a small one, with many more to go. “What I mentioned was ENDA, which would provide federal protection for LGBT people in the workforce. LGBT people can be fired tomorrow. Just because they’re gay,” she said.

One of the area’s largest employers, Mass Mutual, released this statement regarding the ruling: “We are pleased the Supreme Court found the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) to be unconstitutional. The ruling now allows companies like ours to treat all employees equally with respect to the benefits we offer. As a major Massachusetts employer, we commend the Supreme Court on its decision and look forward to providing benefits absent penalty to all of our lawfully-married employees regardless of sexual orientation,” the said.

 

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  • darkwave2013

    This is excellent news for all my gay/lesbian friends who are married or in a committed relationship with children. For all the a** holes who are who can’t deal with the repeal, almost 60 years ago, the Supreme Court struck down a Virginia law that BANNED inter-racial marriage. A white man’s marriage to a black woman was against the law and the children he had with her were treated like bastards! Stop hating haters or get out of Massachusetts.

  • darkwave2013

    Why was the words gay or lesbian not allowed on my post?!!!

  • darkwave2013

    Why was the words g.a.y or l.e.s.b.i.a.n not allowed on my post?!!!

  • melbonie

    At last! It’s a huge step toward full equality. To all the haters and naysayers- really, I just feel sorry for you. Have you so little love in your own lives that you would deny it for others? Maybe it’s time to look into your heart and sort some things out. Giving equality to everybody takes nothing from anybody.