Mentor couple watching Supreme Court case

Mentor couple watching Supreme Court case
Gay couple anxiously awaits U.S. Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage (Source: WOIO)

MENTOR, OH (WOIO) - Kevin and Steven Williamson of Mentor were legally married in the state of New York.

But as far as the state of Ohio is concerned, they are just a couple of guys living together, no different than roommates.

The United States Supreme Court is hearing arguments that may make gay marriage legal in all 50 states.

"If we have to, unfortunately, go to the federal court to make that decision so be it," said Kevin. "It's an exciting day to have that happen."

As it stands, each state has the authority to ban gay marriage. Ohio is one of 14 states that bans such unions.

"They've shown progress in the past so I don't see a reason to not feel positive about this," Steven said.

At stake, Kevin and Steven say, is their right to be treated like a married couple and the benefits that brings.

"We can't be on the same health insurance through work if our companies don't offer same-sex benefits," Steven said. "We can't be on the same car insurance."

From financial implications, Kevin says it gets even more complicated for gay couples whose marriages are not recognized.

"In those cases where it's life and death situations when you're having to be next to your partner's side that's when it's going to impact you," Kevin said.

A decision is expected from the Supreme Court in June.

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