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Valley couple applauds high court ruling, says AZ needs gay marriage

© CBS 5. Tonya Blakely and her wife Melanie Puskar-Blakely. © CBS 5. Tonya Blakely and her wife Melanie Puskar-Blakely.
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Valley gay and lesbian couples applaud the Supreme Court's historic decision. But many of them say they'll still be considered second-class citizens until marriage is a right for all of them.

A valley lesbian couple sat down with CBS 5 News and said the high court's move was a good one, but it doesn't solve their problems, especially here in Arizona where their marriage isn't recognized. 

Oct. 17, 2008 is the day Tonya Blakely and Melanie Puskar-Blakely will never forget.

"Obviously the day was joyous. It was great," said Blakely.

"Just had a quiet ceremony on the beach," said Puskar-Blakely.

They crossed state lines to get legally married in California, a month before Prop 8 was passed.

"It was a blessing, but frustration at the same time," said Blakely.

Because once they got back to Phoenix, their marriage wouldn't be recognized in Arizona.

The couple who has four kids won't benefit from the Supreme Court's ruling on the Defense Of Marriage Act. They won't see any of the federal benefits that straight married couples get, so they spent thousands to get as much in order as possible.

"All of our medical wishes, power of attorney's is all written down," said Blakely.

"We have to renew guardianship paperwork just so Tonya can take our daughters to the doctor's office, enroll them in school," said Puskar-Blakely.

They'd like to move to California so their marriage can be recognized, but they're here for now. 

"It's one step close to where we were yesterday," said Blakely.

The couple hopes that Arizona joins the ranks of other states that accept gay marriage. They say they're going to have to just wait and see.

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