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Arts and Culture
5:18 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

How DOMA's repeal affected one Missouri couple

Tom Harris (left) and Brian Mahieu, along the Katy Trail this past October with their greyhounds Kai and Commando. The couple decided to marry after the Supreme Court repealed Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Credit Tom Harris and Brian Mahieu

Tom Harris and Brian Mahieu have been engaged for nine years. Each wears a wedding ring. Each says they consider themselves married emotionally.

However, their opportunities to get legally married have been limited. Even though nearby Iowa has allowed same-sex marriage since 2009, Harris and Mahieu were afraid to drive north to get married.

"[We] realized pretty quick that that's nice, but when we come back to Missouri, nothing has changed," Harris said.

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