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Marietta same-sex couple reacts to Supreme Court ruling

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Joe Cianciolo and Dan Thrailkill Joe Cianciolo and Dan Thrailkill
MARIETTA, GA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Earlier this year Dan Thrailkill and Joe Cianciolo and were married in Iowa. They said that was the first step in fulfilling a lifelong dream.

In less than a week, their dream will be complete when they say "I do" in front of family and friends Georgia.

"Ever since we were little, we planned a big wedding and we wanted all of our friends and family there. There is something very humbling about the opportunity to stand in front of all of our friends and family and say our vows to each other," said Thrailkill.

Thrailkill and Cianciolo said it will be a memorable day, made more special in light of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

"I was watching it this morning and when it came over the internet channels that it had been struck down, I gave an immediate 'yes' in the branch in my office and had everyone asking me what is going on," said Thrailkill.

Although gay marriage is not recognized in Georgia and same-sex couples are constitutionally barred from receiving state benefits that heterosexual couples receive, the Supreme Court decision paves the way for same-sex couples to receive federal benefits that up to this point, were only afforded to heterosexual couples.

"All we are trying to do is start a family and live happily ever after which is what a lot of people dream of from the time they are young. I think the taxes are one thing for us to say we are in this together," said Cianciolo.

Although they said attitudes about same-sex couples still have a long way to go in Georgia, Cianciolo remains optimistic.

"I think the future is bright," he said.

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