Shannon Glatz and Liberty Manos were married Friday on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court. They wore wedding gowns of white and black.
The ceremony meant the world to the women, although they knew it would carry no official weight once the couple returned to their home in Akron’s Ellet neighborhood.
Ohio does not recognize their marriage.
Until this week, federal law didn’t either.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by the states.
“We were elated,” Glatz said Wednesday. She and Manos drove to Columbus to await the court’s decision, surrounded by friends. “It was exciting. We were all on our Facebooks,” posting the news and reading comments.
Glatz, 32, said her mother-in-law called after hearing the decision, and she was in tears.
“She came to our wedding and said she has been waiting for this, just like we have,” Glatz said.
Among the federal benefits the couple looks forward to taking advantage of is joint tax filing — something they still will not be able to do in Ohio, where their marriage is still unrecognized.
She and Manos have been helping Freedom to Marry Ohio collect signatures. The group wants to put the same-sex marriage question before Ohio voters in November 2014.
“It’s a start,” Glatz said of Wednesday’s ruling, “but there is still work to be done.”