Local Same-Sex Couple Reacts to Supreme Court Ruling
LGBT call the ruling a victory.Photo: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED Jun. 26, 2013
Omaha, NE - Michelle Rogers and her partner Danielle Powell married in Iowa six months ago. "Legally here in Nebraska, were just girlfriend and girlfriend, nothing has changed at all besides being in a relationship," says Rogers.
They live in Nebraska and say the only thing that's different in their lives since getting married, the wedding rings on their fingers. "It was tough to be so happy but still wanting more, wanting what everyone else has.''
The couple says the Supreme Court's ruling on DOMA is a step in the right direction. It still doesn't affect their relationship.
"We've made this commitment, this lifelong commitment to each other but if we live in Nebraska, the fact of the matter is that DOMA didn't affect our rights," says Powell.
The women say now more than ever gays are under public scrutiny and this battle has been fought before.
The Archdiocese of Omaha doesn't consider the dropping of a portion of DOME a victory. In a statement released Wednesday, the church said: It's disappointing that the court did not affirm that the federal government has an obligation to promote traditional marriage and can therefore justly give married couples rights and benefits it does not extend to others.