Locals react to Supreme Court same-sex marriage rulings
The Supreme Court made a couple of important rulings today related to gay marriage in the U.S.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- There are a lot of happy people in Las Vegas after the rulings by the Supreme Court related to same-sex marriage.
Although same-sex marriage is still not recognized in the state of Nevada, it will help validate bonds between same-sex couples here in the Las Vegas Valley.
It will also help pave the way to change the language of the state constitution in the future to redefine marriage.
Action News headed out to The Center, which serves the LGBTQ community, to get reaction from the local gay and bisexual community.
"Today's rulings provide a significant boost of momentum because they show that all the marriages that have taken place and continue to take place in the several states that offer marriage freedoms to all of their residents, that those marriages are free and equal in the eyes of the federal court," said Tom Kovach, executive director of The Center.
The defense of marriage act was signed into law by President Clinton in 1996. Marriage equality activists argued that it denied same-sex married couples the 1,100 federal benefits and rights that heterosexual couples receive.
Wednesday, that law was struck down.
The Center will host a rally Wednesday at 5 p.m. to celebrate the news. The Center is located at 401 South Maryland Parkway.