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Montanans weigh in on Supreme Court decision

By Jordan Moore, KTVM Reporter, jmoore@ktvm.com
Published On: Jun 26 2013 09:36:02 PM MDT
Updated On: Jun 26 2013 09:39:06 PM MDT
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

As we continue to follow the decision by the Supreme Court to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, we wanted to get reaction from people in the LGBT community.

People we spoke to say this is a day they will remember forever.

"I think I gave a "woo" I felt elated. It was just incredible. It was a great feeling, " said Cindy Rodriguez.

Cindy Rodriguez and her partner Tina have been together for more than a decade.

For this couple, the Supreme Court decision was more than just a story on the news, it was the story of their lives.

"Sometimes I feel like a stranger in my own state, so it doesn't feel right. It feels better today," said Cindy Rodriguez.

However the Supreme Court decision doesn't effect them directly in Montana.

This is because same sex marriage is not legal in this state.

We spoke with Ninia Baehr, the LGBT Advocacy Coordinator for the ACLU of Montana.

She says while the decision shows progress, there are still many roadblocks ahead for those seeking the same rights and privileges as married couples in Montana.

"It is important to understand here in Montana, we can't protect our own families yet. We don't have any of the protections we need that are available through marriage," said Baehr.

For people like Cindy and Tina Rodriguez, they hope the Supreme Court decision is the first of many roadblocks to fall, that could, in the future give them the same rights as married couples.