Gay and lesbian community hopes Texas next to legalize same-sex marriage

Advocates outside the Supreme Court in Washington DC

It has been 17 years since Sandra Espinoza first came out as a lesbian.

She has been in a committed relationship with her partner for five years.

Wednesday, the couple celebrated a decision made by the Supreme Court of the United States.

They described as historic and amazing.

In a 5-4 decision the Defense of Marriage Act was struck down.

The move makes way for same-sex couples in states where gay marriage is legal, to have the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

"To actually have Social Security benefits and different benefits, you know now you can do joint taxes. That's huge," Espinoza said. Sylvia Whitehead, member of Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) is not gay, but is a supporter of equality rights.

No matter what (sexual) preference (you choose), you have the right. This is the United States of America, Whitehead said. What more can you ask for?"

Whitehead happily joked that airline ticket sales to California will surely boost with gay couples looking to make their union official.

The Supreme Court also declined to uphold Proposition 8 in California.

Proposition 8 states that marriage in California is only between a man and a woman.

Whitehead said she does not see such changes happening in Texas anytime soon.

"(It TMs) a very long ways, Whitehead said. Unfortunately, Texas is very conservative but we have to have that hope. We're just hoping, hopefully one day." Espinoza said not only does she deserve the right to marry who she loves in her home state because she is an American, but also because she is human.

Unlike Whitehead, she believes the time when Texas recognizes same-sex marriages is just around the corner.

"We just have to be patient, send positive energy and know that we can make a difference, Espinoza said. And also know this can be all across the world, not just here in the United States but everywhere and it can be universal love."

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