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Little Falls couple celebrates Court ruling on Defense of Marriage Act
LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. (WKTV) - David Taylor and Richard Vogt have been together for 20 years, finally marrying in 2011, at 11:11 a.m. on 11-11-11, to be exact.
For two decades, their love and devotion have brought hate and discrimination their way along with financial inequality. However, on Wednesday they were rejoicing at the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act. For them, the beauty of the decision is that it makes them feel completely ordinary; just like any other couple.
"I'm just thrilled about it," Vogt said. "One thing I have to say is, I felt like a second-class citizen for many, many years and now I feel like I'm the same as any other American citizen."
There are also tangible, financial benefits the couple will enjoy as a result of Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling.
"When I go for my six month check up for the doctor, our health benefits are always taxed, even though we're married," says Taylor.
"We're now going to be eligible for 1,000 tax breaks that heterosexual married couples get, which is, I can't wait to talk to my tax man, see what's going to happen now," says Vogt.
While Wednesday's ruling on DOMA makes same-sex couples equal in the eyes of the law, it will not stop individuals from expressing hate toward the couple because they are different. For now, though, they're content to bask in the glow of a court ruling that does not set them apart from their heterosexual counterparts. There is no time for elaborate celebrations, though, as the couple is busy running their successful The Inn at Stone Mill in Little Falls.
"Elated," Taylor said. "Like a big weight has been lifted. It's been so long, and, it shouldn't have been an issue to begin with. I mean, it's about love, it's about partnership."