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Local reactions to Supreme Court decision

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By: Lauren Fabrizi
lfabrizi@klkntv.com

Wednesday was a historic day for same-sex couples throughout the United States, and there has been a huge amount of reaction. But for same-sex couples in Nebraska, their reaction was a little different.

As a result of the Supreme Court's ruling, same-sex couples will now receive the same federal benefits of marriage as opposite-sex couples, but only in states where gay marriage is legal.

While it is a step in the right direction, UNL Associate Law Professor Eric Berger said the decision does not have a direct impact on same-sex couples in Nebraska.

"But it does not affect the legal status of same-sex couples who wish to marry but cannot in states like Nebraska that do not have same-sex marriage," Berger said.

LGBT advocate Robin Whisman and her wife, Jennifer, got married two weeks ago in Iowa because Nebraska does not support same-sex marriage. So for the couple, today was not much of a victory.

"It's sort of bittersweet though because for those of us who are same-sex couples in Nebraska, it really doesn't change anything for us right now," Whisman said.

Whisman is hopeful for the future of Nebraska and same-sex couples, but for now she knows the battle must continue.

"We can't just kick our feet up now and say we're done," Whisman said. "There's still a lot of work to be done and the people living in the majority of the states still don't have equal rights."

As of Wednesday, 13 states along with the District of Columbia have legalized gay marriage, but Nebraska same-sex couples are still waiting for their time to come.

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