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Mountain View Voice

News - June 28, 2013

Local couple 'elated' by gay marriage rulings

by Nick Veronin

Brian Fiorino and Duke Khuu say they are elated to know that their daughter will be born into a world where her parents have the same legal rights as heterosexual married couples.

The Mountain View couple expressed excitement over two Supreme Court rulings handed down Wednesday, June 26, which reversed California's controversial Proposition 8 and overturned a key provision in the federal Defense of Marriage Act that denied certain rights to same-sex married couples.

"It's a great day for us," Khuu, who runs a dermatology practice on Castro Street, told the Voice. "We're very pleased. We've been waiting for a very long time."

According to Fiorino, he and Khuu have considered themselves married for many years, but they haven't been able to officially and legally tie the knot. But that should change in short order.

Fiorino, a lawyer, said that he expects they may have to wait for a bit longer for the official order to come down and the marriage licenses to be made available.

The decision comes at an especially exciting time for the couple, who after a number of tries are expecting a baby girl. Their daughter is being carried by a surrogate and is due in December. "Baby girl is going to be born into a world where her parents can be married," Fiorino said.

When it's all said and done, Fiorino said the ruling won't change much about he and Khuu's day-to-day lives. "Personally, we are going to continue being who we always were," he said. And that means that they will continue to speak out and fight for the rights of their community.

Fiorino noted that while he and Khuu are finally getting equal recognition under the law, there are still many states where same-sex marriage is illegal. In those states, he pointed out, the DOMA ruling doesn't mean much, since those states don't recognized the validity of gay marriage in the first place.

"We've taken a huge step today," Fiorino said, "but we're not done yet."

Fiorino and Khuu planed to attend a rally in downtown Mountain View Wednesday evening. Khuu said the rally had been scheduled ahead of time and organizers had planned either to protest or celebrate the Supreme Court's ruling. "I guess it's going to be celebratory," Khuu said.

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