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Columbus Same-Sex Couple Takes Others to SCOTUS

COLUMBUS (Carol Luper/Ken Hines) -- The attention of a central Ohio same-sex couple is focused on Washington, D.C. as U.S. Supreme Court Justices prepare to announce their ruling on two gay marriage cases.

Stephen and Joshua Snyder-Hill organized the June 21 "C-Bus of Love" trip to Washington, D.C. , during which 25 same-sex couples tied the knot in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The legal statuses of those couples' marriages could change dramatically this week, when justices are expected to rule on the constitutionality of 1996's federal Defense of Marriage Act, as well as California's ban on gay marriage.

Stephen and Joshua were married in Washington, D.C. in 2011, and hope the justices will strike a blow for equal rights when they announce their decisions on the controversial cases.

"What's going to happen the day after gay marriage is legal in every state -- and it will happen -- is the same thing that happened when black people could drink out of the same fountain as white people," Joshua said. "It's that people are going to be treated equally."

Stephen has served in the military for 24 years, but Joshua is not afforded the same family benefits as heterosexual couples under current national law. That could change if the court strikes down the Defense of Marriage Act.
 
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