Local couple sees big future for 'gay rights' in America

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POSTED: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 - 6:00pm

UPDATED: Thursday, June 27, 2013 - 7:26am

After two decades together, one Baton Rouge couple is thrilled with the Supreme Court decisions made Wednesday.

Even though gay marriage is not allowed in Louisiana, this couple told NBC33 it's the start of something big for not only gay couples but for the nation.

“I’m kind of surprised,” said Carey Long. “I think it a tremendous step forward."

Carey and his partner Joe Triagle never even considered marriage, let alone being recognized by the federal government.

“My partner and I have enjoyed 20 years of a wonderful relationship together,” said Traigle.

With 13 states accepting gay marriage and all that comes with it, they told NBC33 their future has endless opportunities.

“But now, as things have evolved, of course we would like to be accounted the same rights, not necessarily a religious ceremony but a civil ceremony, we think were entitled to that," stated Traigle.

For others looking for acceptance, they say at least those married legally can reap all the benefits that another man and woman do today.

"We're still going to have those pieces of paper with us, but now we are recognized as a couple or that much closer to being recognized as a couple," noted Long.

With the ruling, this couple two-decades deep into a relationship are now considering the possibilities that could come up in their lifetime. So for Carey and Joe, they can't be married legally here in Louisiana, but after Wednesday’s decision, they will never give up hope.

Louisiana law does not recognize those couple who gets certificates in other states.

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