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Bismarck Couple React To Supreme Court's Ruling


Supporters in North Dakota are speaking out about the decision allowing gay couples to receive the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

Tonight we talk with a gay couple who say striking down the provision is a step in the right direction, but there's still work to do.

Susanna and Lisa Warner are Bismarck newlyweds who recently went out of state to get married.

"We went to Iowa May 31st and got Married there," Lisa Warner said.

The Warner's are happy with the Supreme Court's decision, but it doesn't give them the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples, because they don't live in one of the 12 states that allow same sex marriage.

"Iowa and 11 other states, Washington D.C., we're recognized as a couple but unfortunately in our own state we're not, we've considered moving to a state where it's legal for us, but until our kids graduate it's really not an option for us," Susanna Warner said.

President of Dakota Outright, Andrew Adams says gaining the Supreme Court's support is exciting.

"For our community and for those couples it's really just saying hey we validate the fact that your commitment as human beings to one another is the same as what it is for those heterosexual couples who've been validated as married individuals for the past millennium," Andrew Adams said.

And for the Warner's they hope this is just one of many steps towards marriage equality.

"It was a good step in the right direction but now we have to wait for it to go to the Supreme Court again for another case and hopefully it will go further than it did this time," Warner said.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp wrote a statement in favor the Supreme Court's ruling.

Heitkamp says "Discrimination is discrimination and our government has no business treating the relationships of same-sex couples any different than it treats the relationship I have with my husband."

Senator John Hoeven and North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer wrote statements against the Supreme Court's ruling.

Hoeven says "While it doesn't directly affect North Dakota, I'm concerned about today's decision by the Supreme Court because it weakened the Defense of Marriage Act. I continue to support and believe that marriage is a unique institution, a union between a man and a woman.

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