IOWA CITY, Iowa - Wednesday evening, supporters of same sex marriage crowed Iowa City's Pentacrest, flying flags, holding signs, and blasting music in support of the US Supreme Court's decision to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act.
"It's a huge milestone to get the federal recognition," said Dawn BarbouRoske. BarbouRoske and her wife were plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit that legalized same sex marriage in Iowa in '09.
She said she's been waiting for this day for a long time. "My wife and I have been together for over 23 years. Today is the first day the federal government actually recognizes that relationship," said BarbouRoske.
The ruling against DOMA will provide gay marriage partners hundreds of the same federal benefits heterosexual couples already have. For federal employee Maggie Graham it means she can now share health insurance with her spouse of one year. "It will just be nice to provide those things for my family and feel the recognition from the federal government," said Graham.
The US Supreme Court also ruled Wednesday the defendants of California's Proposition 8 had no standing in the high court. That leaves a lower court ruling in place and means California's same sex couples will soon be able to marry. Counting California, 13 states will now permit gay marriage. Supporters hope more will soon follow.
"I think it's going to crumble quickly. I think Illinois will be next. It should come soon. Other states, lawsuits will be filed all over the country in the next couple weeks," said Johnson County Supervisor Janelle Rettig.