Lesbian Wichitan couple speaks out on same-sex marriage ruling

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WICHITA, Kansas – In a five to four decision, the justice said that same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the U.S. We sat down with Kerry Wilks and Donna Ditrani. They are lesbian couple in Wichita. Last fall, they joined a lawsuit challenging the Kansas Gay Marriage Ban. Friday night, they’re celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

“It’s just such a relief because we’ve been fighting this since the case started in October,” said Ditrani.

Wilks and Ditrani have been together for five years. They had a celebration ceremony in 2012, but when they went to get a marriage license last October, they were denied. Their relationship, which was the center of a lawsuit, is looking for a change.

“This is a momentous occasion,” Wilks said.

The Supreme Court’s ruling is a major step forward for the couple. After going public with their legal fight, they saw a lot of criticism and confrontation from some people in the community.

“We had a lot of phone calls, a lot of people coming to our door unannounced and it was a little scary, but we understood that we’re in the news now and we had to accept it. We wanted to fight for what we believe in,” Ditrani said.

But the ruling now, means a chance to change their relationship in the law’s eyes.

“The things I can say and legally say and proud to say she’s my wife, to me that solidifies what she means to me instead of saying partner,” Ditrani said.

“It protects us and gives us the same protection that everyone else enjoys,” said Wilks.

Wilks and Ditrani said that while Friday may be a day of celebration, Saturday they need to get back to work to continue the fight for LGBT issues.




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