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VIDEO: Same-Sex Couple Discusses Court Action


The Supreme Court on Monday denied appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin in which those states sought to prohibit same-sex marriage. The decision also means couples in six other states — Colorado, Kansas, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming — should be able to get married soon.

The development effectively raises the number of states with legal same-sex marriage from 19 to 30 — a majority of U.S. states — and means that as many as 60 percent of Americans will be living in states that have legalized the practice.

In Oklahoma, the couple who sued over the state's gay marriage ban planned to request a marriage license Monday afternoon in Tulsa. "It looks like it might be our wedding night," Sharon Baldwin said. "At some point we'll sit back and take a deep breath and smile. We've always wanted this. We've known for more than a decade that we were going to spend the rest of our lives together." Baldwin and her partner, Mary Bishop, sued the Tulsa County clerk after they were denied a marriage license shortly after Oklahoma voters approved the ban in 2004.

While pleased for themselves, they felt the court should have gone further.