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Battle over same-sex marriage is headed to the Supreme Court

Gay marriage headed to the Supreme Court. (Source: WOIO) Gay marriage headed to the Supreme Court. (Source: WOIO)

Critics of gay marriage may be happy with state law barring gay couples the right to be legally married, but supporters of same-sex marriage are hoping that's about to change.

The biggest battle yet over same-sex marriage is headed to the Supreme Court this spring. The court granted review of a federal appeals court ruling that upheld same-sex marriage bans in four states including Ohio, Michigan, Tennessee and Kentucky.

Jeff Spiegel and Buck Propst have been together for 31 years.

"One day I found my soul mate and we've lived happily ever after" said Propst.

The westside Cleveland couple have spent three decades doing what many see as "normal." They built a home, raised a couple kids and did the things many couples do, including getting married in 2008 when California legalized gay marriage. They have the official marriage license but were reminded it means little in Ohio.

"I retired and upon my retirement I was not able to put Jeff on my retirement" said Propst.

"It's not fair, it's not equal" said Spiegel.

They, and many other gay couples like them, want to share benefits, but can't in here in Ohio. They're hoping the court will rule in their favor.

They are not alone according to Maya Simek, the Program Director of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland.

"We are absolutely enthusiastic that the Supreme Court is looking to take on the issue so that as a nation, we can progress with a consolidated answer" said Simek.

The court is expected to hear arguments in the spring and could have a ruling by June.

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