SAN ANTONIO – The Supreme Court's ruling against a section of the Defense of Marriage Act puts same sex couples married in certain states on nearly equal footing with straight couples regarding certain shared benefits.
Wayne Beers and Mike Bobo, owners of W.D. Deli on Broadway, arrived a little late to work Wednesday morning.
They chose to stay in and watch the announcement live as the Supreme Court voted 5-4 against a section of the Defense of Marriage Act that prevented same sex couples who were legally married from receiving federal benefits.
"It was pretty interesting," said Beers, who married Bobo in New York state about a year and a half ago. "We got pretty emotional about it which was weird, because I didn't think we would, but it was very cool."
"We never felt particularly discriminated against but as far as the legal world goes, I guess we were," added Bobo.
The couple can now file jointly with the IRS and should also be able to share survivor benefits like straight married couples.
Beers said they have a will and other legal documents that could fill up a large binder to provide them the same protections most married couples take for granted including things like transferring of estates and disposition of bodies.
"We've had friends who were married in other states and they didn't have a will, so all the one person's property went to the mother and father instead of his partner who they were married to," said Beers.