Ohio same-sex couples don't know if they'll benefit from Supreme Court ruling

CLEVELAND - Richard Starn and Ron Grey were legally married in Massachusetts two years ago.

On Wednesday, the Lakewood couple attended a rally at Cleveland City Hall celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court ruling giving same-sex couples the same federal benefits as heterosexual couples.

"I"m glad we're here celebrating," Grey said, "but we've got more work to do."

Whether Grey and Starn will receive benefits is still up in the air because Ohio doesn't recognize same-sex marriage.

"I would certainly argue that the federal benefits should follow the couple," said Lakewood attorney Maria Shinn. "It remains to be seen how that will shake out."

Gay rights supporters said there are at least 1,000 benefits that same-sex couples have not had access to, including insurance coverage and exchange of property if one of them dies.

"It kind of makes you feel like a second class citizen," Starn said.

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