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    Posted June 26, 2013 by
    Atlanta, Georgia
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Same-sex couples react to Supreme Court rulings

    A Step Closer than Before...


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Cavewoman75 of Atlanta, Georgia, is excited for the “step forward” in today’s U.S. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage, but ultimately, she and her partner still can’t get married in the state of Georgia. “Immediately, it doesn’t mean anything … there’s no reason for us to run out and get marred because she wouldn’t be able to insure me and the children,” she said. “We still are going to have to go through the route of having an attorney and putting each other in charge of any decisions that may have to happen at some point in life.”

    “Of course we want more and full equality in the United States, but as far as being realistic, you have to take things step by step. I also feel like when we do get married, it will be worth our while to have it legally recognized in a place that will grant that right to us,” she said.
    - zdan, CNN iReport producer

    In Georgia, this ruling changes nothing on a personal level. My partner and I both work for state agencies which don't recognize same-sex relationships. However...WHEN we finally have our wedding, we have incentive to travel to a state which legally sanctions our marriage. If Social Security is still around, one can collect as the other's survivor when one of us inevitably leaves the other on Earth. It's not much, but every little bit will help. We'll also get to enjoy a tax increase as a married couple filing jointly. Despite the increase, it is still nice to know we will pay into something which treats us equally. Best of all, should I wind up working in a federal agency in the future, I will be able to support my wife the way I would if she were a husband. Despite limitations in GA (or any other state refusing to acknowledge same-sex marriage), this is all better than what we had with DOMA in place. In the meantime, I see it's still imperative we pay all the extra dollars to name each other as power-of-attorney, beneficiary, etc. It will cost us way more to have a lawyer arrange these minimal unequal rights for us, but since tomorrow isn't guaranteed, we can't just wait for this in this state. We are still subject to second-class citizenhood on our most immediate level.
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