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Legally married gay couple speaks out on Supreme Court hearings

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"We don't want any special rights, we want the same rights" "We don't want any special rights, we want the same rights"
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Kenneth Livingston and Ashley Redmond's story as a couple began three and a half years ago at a local coffee shop where they talked about their goals, dreams and a common desire for marriage equality. Now, after being legally married in the state of Connecticut they're paying close attention to the nation's high court.

"It's very exciting to actually see it come to fruition after such a long time," Redmond said.

"It's definitely been a long time coming for equality in general," Livingston said.

At issue is whether states should be required to make same-sex marriage legal. Currently nine states and D.C. have already legalized it. Mississippi isn't one of them.

"We don't want any special rights, we want the same rights," Livingston said.

With their marriage not even recognized in their home state, Kenneth says whatever happens from the hearings will have lasting impacts on gay couples across Mississippi and the nation.

"There are real people being affected here. This is our life. There are so many protections from the federal government that are promised to us in the Constitution, these fundamental rights that we don't get to share and we're just like any other couple," Livingston said.

Mississippi voters banned same sex marriage through a constitutional amendment back in 2004 with 86 percent of the vote. In the face of that opposition, couples like Kenneth and Ashley are increasingly becoming more vocal in their commitment to each other.

"He's the love of my life and I want to live my life honestly and that's where my courage and my strength has come from, is his love," Redmond said.

With national polls showing a climb in approval of same-sex marriage, Ashley says support anywhere is encouraging but what it comes down to is standing up for human rights.

"In the end, love is always going to win. That's what Kenneth and I share is love, just like any other couple," Redmond said.

A ruling from the Supreme Court isn't expected to happen until late June. In the meantime, events and vigils are being planned across the state from the LGBT community.

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