Local couple celebrates Supreme Court same-sex marriage ruling
Cheers for Friday’s Supreme Court ruling making same sex marriages legal weren’t just heard on the steps of the court in Washington.
“I can’t even imagine, back 30 years ago, even thinking this day being here,” Richard Reed said.
Reed and his partner Steven celebrated the news in Murray 13 years after their first date. “We were waiting and hoping and praying it would be legalized in Kentucky,” Reed said.
The two had a commitment ceremony in 2002, but the state of never recognized their union because it didn’t allow same sex couples to marry until Friday. Reed said he watched the legal battle play out for years and called it an emotional roller-coaster.
“What would it feel like to actually be recognized to be as equal as anybody else walking around and being married?” he said.
The law also changes how marriage licenses look. In Kentucky, the words “bride” and “groom” are replaced with “first party” and “second party.” McCracken County Deputy Clerk Lyne Dickey said there haven’t been any major hiccups. “Once we made it past the first hour and got the forms, we were ready to go,” she said.
Reed hopes the ruling opens the door for younger generations who may now be able to embrace the change.
“Hopefully other couples, especially the younger generations. We’re the older generation. So, it doesn’t really matter for us, but especially the younger ones. They can see that they are just as equal. Their relationships are just as important,” he said.