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Cleveland couple keeping watch on same-sex marriage decision

Dustin and Andrew Thomas wait for Supreme Court decision (Source: WOIO) Dustin and Andrew Thomas wait for Supreme Court decision (Source: WOIO)
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24-year-olds Dustin and Andrew Thomas have been married for six years.

The pair are keeping a close watch as U.S. Supreme Court justices debate whether to legalize same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Dustin and Andrew had to exchange their vows in Connecticut because Ohio does not recognize same-sex marriage.

"This is my home. This is the state that I've loved. I've grown up in, always been here and it just felt terrible that we had to go somewhere else like an outsider to get married," explains Andrew.

Andrew says when he returned to Ohio to change his last name to his new married name, he faced several obstacles.

Getting a new driver's license was difficult. At one point, Andrew was told that the BMV made a mistake.

"Sending me this letter then saying that I had to come back in and get my name changed back on my license. It was perjury if I didn't," Andrew said.

Dustin tells us now is the time for acceptance and change.

"I would love for the Supreme Court to be able to say everybody is legal to be married," Dustin said.

LGBT Director of Programs Maya Simek says it's about us all being on the same playing field.

"It's something that has been dividing our families and making it very complicated for a long time for everyone to have equal access to rights and benefits and it's just time for us to move forward as a nation," explains Simek.

Moving forward, they say, means the Supreme Court justices must decide to recognize same-sex marriage across the country.

"I hope the next generation and generations after. You want to get married yeah let's plan our wedding and prepare like a normal couple
would," says Dustin Thomas.

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