Joplin Same-Sex Couple Celebrates After Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

Joplin Same-Sex Couple Celebrates After Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage
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Rusty Hooper and Roy Morris toast to a victory for same sex marriage a decision they say that’s been a long time coming.

“The supreme court ruling basically is letting everybody know that just because we’re different than everybody else because we chose to be with somebody different than you are, doesn’t mean that we’re not human beings,” says Joplin resident Rusty Hooper.

The couple have been together for thirteen years and are grateful the courts ruled in favor of equality.

“It feels wonderful because we’re able to express who we are and we don’t have to worry about people looking down on us because of it anymore…course we never did worry about it anyway but it gives us more of a confidence in our relationship and it’s going to give us more confidence in our relationship with our society,” says husband Roy Morris.

Rusty and Roy had a private marriage ceremony in 2008 but are excited to soon make it legal at the courthouse.

“All we’ve ever asked for is that little piece of paper. You know it may just be insignificant to the straight community, but to us it’s our life. It just makes us more valid of who we are,” says Hooper.

The pair is also ministers with the Rainbow Covenant Lighthouse Fellowship and say that their faith has brought them together during this long fight.

“I never thought it would happen in my lifetime so it’s one of the best things that I think could’ve happened,” says Hooper.