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Progress Made in Marriage Equality Fight

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The cake was freshly baked, and the champagne was sparkling. Although by now it could have become vintage.

"We had to blow the dust off the champagne boxes," laughed Equality Center Director Toby Jenkins.

Dozens turned out to celebrate movement in a court case seeking marriage equality that's stretched out over nine long years.

"We win, that's how we feel we won today," said Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin, two women in the case who shared the victory with everyone in the room and beyond.

"This isn't our victory, this is everybody's victory, and these people needed something to celebrate," said Baldwin.

A joy which struck as powerfully as a lighting bolt.

"We were screaming like gay people who just found out that we have marriage for a minute. For a minute," said Jenkins.

Which is poignant, because keep in mind their battle is far from over.

"We can't go down to the courthouse right now and get married, we have to wait until the decision is appealed," said Bishop.

But today, celebration in recognition of a giant baby step.

"So now at least we're moving. That's the big take away from this, at least we're moving," said Baldwin.

Winds of change in the bible belt. There's a new flag up top ready for more turbulence.

"We changed the rainbow flag out yesterday, the wind sweeping down the plain can be pretty rough on flags on top of the equality center," said Jenkins.

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