Karen Bailey and Nelda Majors (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
For 56 years, Nelda Majors and Karen Bailey have been by each other's side. And Wednesday's decision by the Supreme Court means that will always be the case.
"We cried. I cried. I was thinking that this would happen," Majors said.
"I just grabbed Nelda and jumped up and down. I was just so happy," Bailey said.
It wasn't until the last year that the couple went public with their relationship of more than a half century. Together they raised not one but two daughters, and now they hope the high court's decision will mean something to those two girls as well.
"In our hearts we're legal. It will mean that I can look at our daughters and say, 'you're just like every other friend and family, and we're a legal family now,'" Bailey said.
The couple can now file joint taxes. If one of them were to die, dividing up their assets will be easier, but one of the most important benefits is that in the medical world. The couples will be able to be each other's support if important decisions need to be made.
"Being able to be with each other in the hospital should anything happen, and should we have to make any important medical decisions, now we'll be able to do that without any questions asked," Majors said.
The couple knows there will still be some challenges here in Arizona and any other state that does not recognize same sex unions, but they both feel they're one step closer to equality across the board.
"I do think it will come. I think we will keep fighting and when people get to know us, and realize that we're just like them, we're not that different that we want the same things out of life," Bailey said.
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