North Little Rock couple celebrates DOMA ruling

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    NORTH LITTLE ROCK (KTHV) - THV 11 News caught up with Randy Eddy-McCain and Gary Eddy-McCain on Wednesday, getting their reaction to the major D.O.M.A. ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Outside their North Little Rock home Wednesday, some one had set up surprise balloons for the residents.

    "We don't know who did it, but its obviously someone who knows us, and what a nice surprise to come home and find this," Gary Eddy-McCain said.

    The balloons help celebrate a historic day for Randy and Gary Eddy-McCain. They are a gay, married couple thrilled with Wednesday's news from the U.S. Supreme Court.

    "It was just a very important feeling of joy, excitement, relief," Gary Eddy-McCain said.    

    "I was just tears streaming down my face, thanking God that I lived to see this day," Randy Eddy-McCain said.

    Randy and Gary have been together for 21 years. Last summer, they went to New York where same sex marriage is allowed and "tied the knot" in Central Park.

    "We didn't think we would ever really see the day until we were in a nursing home," Randy Eddy-McCain said.

    They turned a major corner in their lives then and went even further on Wednesday, with the court ruling that allows married, same-sex couples to get federal benefits like heterosexual couples. 

    "I think the fact that we now have federal recognition kind of puts a little more pressure on some states to line up with that," Gary Eddy-McCain said.      

    His spouse agreed and sees more promise than ever now for same-sex marriage one day in his home state.

    "I think the genie is out of the bottle. I think it's going to happen, and I'm excited about it, and I'm going to fight for it," Randy Eddy-McCain said.

    It's a fight that could bring another surprise outside, down the road.

    Since the news just came down Wednesday, the couple is waiting for the exact break-down on all the benefits they will get.

    For now, the couple is just soaking it all in. Randy Eddy-McCain added that he received a Facebook message Wednesday with well-wishes from a friend in England.

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