Gay seniors await Supreme Court ruling

US Supreme Court hears arguments on California's Proposition 8

Published On: Mar 26 2013 05:37:02 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 27 2013 11:20:15 AM EDT

Gays and lesbians throughout South Florida await the U.S. Supreme Court's decision on California's Proposition 8, which bans same-sex marriage.

Justices seemed reluctant Tuesday to extend a sweeping constitutional right for gays and lesbian to wed in all 50 states. It was the first of two days of hearings on cases that have the potential to fundamentally alter how American law treats marriage.

At the Pride Center at Equality Park in Wilton Manors, a group of seniors meet each Tuesday for coffee. This week, they discussed the hearing happening in Washington, D.C.

"You know somebody that had Alzheimer's and died, and literally she died alone because her partner wasn't allowed to be in the room with her," said Susan Mack.

"I'm delighted. I am absolutely delighted," said John Patrick Connolly. "A huge change over the last 15 years since I was a youngster."

Gary Payne, who met his partner in 1957, talked about living as a gay man during the 1950s.

"In many ways, it was a lot of fun and, in many ways, it was very scary. I had a job with a company that did government work. Had they found I was gay, I would've been fired," he said. "It's just wonderful that I can even say the word 'gay' on television.

They said having their desire for equality argued before the highest court was both exhilarating and nerve racking.

"We've come a long ways. We've still got a long ways to go," said Nancy Drennen.

Same-sex marriage by the numbers

Published On: Mar 26 2013 12:50:53 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 30 2014 11:43:37 AM EDT

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court's historic DOMA decision. Take a look at the numbers behind same-sex marriage.

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The Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban same-sex marriage. Take a look at the numbers behind same-sex marriage. Take a look at the numbers behind gay marriage, according to CNN and other sources.

A decision on the case is expected in June.