Local Gay Couples Watch Supreme Court Proceedings
As the nation watches Washington, there's plenty of intense viewers from the panhandle state. "We're the longest standing case in the United States, we were the very first ones to be filed in the United States," said Sue Barton.Sue and Gay, Charles and Kelly, Mary & Sharon, three Tulsa couples anxiously hoping for a progressive decision from the Supreme Court."There's a real sense of joy to me that things are going to change," said Mary Bishop.A joy that's been tempered by years of double standards, as Sue for instance, recently recounted to a young straight couple. "As an ordained minister, I can marry them, and it's perfectly legal, I can perform their marriage ceremony, but if I tried to marry a gay couple it's a felony, in Oklahoma I'd be charged with a felony," she said.As to the morality argument?"We're active in a Christian church, and so a lot more Christian churches and churches of different faith are coming to the side of recognizing gay people aren't any different, and their relationships aren't any different, and the state has no business making any distinction between the two," said Charles Johnston.Charles and Kelly were married in California, something Oklahoma obviously recognize but... "I think it's a much more comfortable place to live and be out as a couple than it was 20 years ago," said Kelly Kirby.An ongoing struggle for equality, with hopes that the high court sees the issue as clearly as they do. "I know this is right, I love her, this isn't going to change, we have a committed relationship, our marriage looks just like their marriage with just a couple of minor exceptions that aren't the things that we talk about in polite society, so what's the difference?," asked Sharon Baldwin.