The court struck down the Federal Defense of Marriage Act, which would have prevented same sex marriages from being recognized from state to state. They also ruled
Hugs and tears of joy ran down the faces of those gathered at the
The Couple says this day is monumental for gay and lesbians across the country and the change it brings for years ahead. "We've come so far and to be honest I didn't know if we would ever experience this in our lifetime, and I hoped that we would because it paves the way for those coming behind us and hopefully they don't have the struggles like we've had,” says Mewing.
Utah Pride's Executive Director Valarie Larabee tells ABC 4 Utah she is elated with the Supreme Court’s ruling calling it a day of celebration. “It's also a really personal day for so many of us who are married and know it's the right thing for our country."
As for locally Larabee says the beehive state still has a long way to go when it comes to opening the hearts and minds of Utah gay and lesbian citizens, but they are headed in the right direction. "Here in
Meanwhile for Abbott and Mewing they already have big plans ahead of them. "We plan on getting married next year sometime. We're hoping at some point during that time
Gay marriage supporters will continue to celebrate Wednesday at Club Sound from 4 to 7 p.m.