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

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    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     David Mitchell and his partner of 36 years, David Elliott, are planning on getting married in New York on October 9, their anniversary, but they’re worried what will happen when they come home. “We have to understand how today's DOMA ruling will affect us as a couple married in a state where same-sex marriage is legal, but living in a state (Texas), where it is not. We don't want to move from Dallas, but realize we may have to move to another state to receive federal benefits,” Mitchell said.

    The pair wants to get married before it’s too late. “We have attended many weddings for family and friends over the years and each time there is a sadness there that we would never have that same opportunity to say ‘I do’. With both of us close to 60 now, we feared we were running out of time and would die ‘single men’, which could not be further from the truth!” he said.
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    We've been together for 36 years, both in our 60's now and afraid we were running out of time. We are finally getting married in NYC this October, and will return to our home in Dallas, TX. We have yet to understand how federal benefits will apply to us, married in a state recognizing same sex marriage but residing in a state that does not. But, we feel good and look forward to the opportunity to finally say "I do" and to have a marriage certificate which we will hold dear.
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