Gay couple sends out wedding invitations

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SAN DIEGO – The U.S. Supreme Court decision Wednesday against the Defense of Marriage Act forces the federal government to recognize same-sex married couples, allowing a San Diego same-sex couple to start planning their wedding.

Justices also upheld a California court decision, ruling Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 7.19.18 PMThe rulings meant Roman Jimenez and his boyfriend, an undercover federal law enforcement officer, could get married in California.

“These are our wedding invitations we’ve been waiting to send them out until today,” said Jimenez as he held back tears.

“What our ceremony was going to be was us standing in front of each other and in front of our friends saying ‘I love you. I’m going to spend the rest of my life with you,’” Jimenez said. “Now that we have these two pieces of legislation, we get to do that knowing that California and the federal government has to recognize that.”

Members of the ACLU who took the fight against DOMA to the US Supreme Court said while Wednesday’s historic decision sets a strong tone in favor of marriage equality across all 50 states, there’s still a long fight ahead.Screen Shot 2013-06-27 at 7.19.39 PM

“The majority was very clear, there can be no rational reason against people based on their sexual orientation,” said San Diego ACLU legal director David Loy. “The fight is not over. We are in a 50 state fight for marriage equality – for everyone, everywhere in the country.”

For now, Jimenez and thousands of other same-sex couples planning to marry in California and other states where gay marriage is legal, will not only be recognized by the federal government, they will also get to benefit from more than 1,100 federal tax exemptions saved for married couples.

“On October 18, when we’ve married, it’s nice to know that this ring is going to stand for more than just our commitment to each other,” said Jimenez.

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