|Updated: 6/26 5:23 pm
||Published: 6/26 4:42 pm
Supporters of same sex marriage celebrated the Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center in downtown Tulsa.
Their cheers were loud, but the court striking down the Defense of Marriage Act has no effect in Tulsa or Oklahoma because gay marriage is not legal in the state.
But, LGBT people with Oklahomans for Equality said symbolically it was a huge victory in the struggle for equal rights.
"It’s a great day to be gay in the United States today," said one supporter.
But here in Tulsa-
"It doesn't change anything for us here, and not any of our people who have gotten legally married in other jurisdictions," said another supporter.
In states that allow gay marriage the court today made one thing clear, “that these are citizens that you cannot discriminate against because it's unconstitutional," explained a supporter.
That means they can file their taxes together and make end of life decisions for each other.
"They will pretty much have the same rights as heterosexual couples,” said a supporter.
And Toby Jenkins with Oklahomans for Equality said there are lawsuits already in the courts that could change Oklahoma’s gay marriage laws.
"We’re hoping our judge will see the decision of the Supreme Court, and that he will rule favorably. So, there's still a chance that we could have some legal movement in Oklahoma if our judge rules in favor."
And even though Jenkins admits legal gay marriage in Oklahoma is probably still a long way off,
"It will be a night of celebration, because it's just one step closer to LGBT Oklahomans getting equal rights."
Same sex marriage is now legal in 12 states and Washington D.C.
A separate Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage in California will likely pave the way for gay marriage to continue there as well.
That would mean that nearly half the U.S. population lives in a state that allows same-sex marriage or civil unions.