Gay Community Praises Marriage Ruling

Springfield – The Supreme Court's 5-4 decision legalizing same sex marriage in all fifty states is being praised by the gay community in central Illinois.

“I literally jumped up and down,” said Kaye Helstrom after hearing of the decision.  “We all fall in love like everyone else and we want to get married.”

Helstrom married Laine Tadlock in 2010.  They had to tie the knot in Iowa because at the time Illinois did not allow same sex marriages.

“We don't want to try and change the world and make everybody gay,” Tadlock told WAND's Doug Wolfe.  “We just want to live happy.”

36 states already had same sex marriages on the books.  14 did not including Missouri, Ohio and Michigan. 

The Catholic church in central Illinois, led by Bishop Thomas Paprocki, condemned the courts decision.

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