Tulsa gay couple reacts to US Supreme Court's decision to review same-sex marriage cases

TULSA - The United States Supreme Court made a monumental decision Friday, announcing it would take on one of the nation's most hotly contested topics: gay marriage.

The High Court will hear two cases: one to appeal the Defense of Marriage Act and one to challenge California's Prop 8.

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At least one Tulsa couple is very happy about that.

Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin have lived together for 16 years and are in a same-sex relationship.

They say they would like to get married, but so far only nine states have legalized gay marriage, with Oklahoma being outside that group.

"Right now we're second-class citizens," Baldwin said. "We always have been and we always will be until these laws are overturned."

The two have been embroiled in a lawsuit with the state of Oklahoma since 2004 in efforts of reversing the state's position, but have yet to see a result.

So, needless to say, Bishop and Baldwin will be keeping a close eye on the Supreme Court proceedings, expected by late June.

"If the ruling is broad enough that it makes our case moot, then Sharon and I would go down to the courthouse and get married," Bishop said.

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