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Same-sex couples in eastern Iowa react to Supreme Court rulings

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Kate and Trish Varnum were the lead plaintiffs on the case that legalized same sex marriage in Iowa in 2009. Now, they're celebrating a different win. Kate and Trish Varnum were the lead plaintiffs on the case that legalized same sex marriage in Iowa in 2009. Now, they're celebrating a different win.
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Kate and Trish Varnum were the lead plaintiffs on the case that legalized same sex marriage in Iowa in 2009. Now, they're celebrating a different win.

On Wednesday the Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. The act prevented the federal government from recognizing same sex marriages.

By striking down the Defense of Marriage Act, same-sex couples in Washington, D.C. and the 12 states that allow same sex marriage, including Iowa, can now receive federal benefits.

"We only have to file one tax return," said Trish Varnum. "We also have social security benefits, survivor benefits, inheritance taxes."

"I think the biggest thing is to be able to say that we're married," said Kate Varnum. 

To same-sex couples, the ruling is about more than forms and paperwork.

"Now my company has to cover her on my insurance and vice-versa, which is huge," said Heather Hobbs-Thompson.

The Supreme Court's ruling marks a major milestone, but many who attended a rally in Cedar Rapids say there's still more to be done.

"There's still so many people who aren't able to say that they're married the way that we are, and we have a lot of work to do," said Kate Varnum.

This crowd at the rally wants hoping to see same-sex marriages in all 50 states.

The Supreme Court also ruled against supporters of a same-sex marriage ban, called Proposition 8, in California on Wednesday.

Same-sex marriages can begin again in that state in the next 25 days.

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