Bill MacKenzie, an attorney with the Sarpy County Attorney’s Office, likes to say he met his husband Darin Templeton the "old-fashioned way — online."
That was more than eight years ago. They married in Iowa after it became legal in that state.
Now the Omaha couple wake up in Nebraska, which doesn’t recognize their marriage. But head over to Council Bluffs to run an errand and suddenly they’re in a state that does recognize it.
"It’s just kind of odd to live by two sets of rules, depending on what side of the river you happen to be on," MacKenzie said.
MacKenzie said he predicted Wednesday’s court decision on his Facebook page.
There is still much to sort through in the wake of Wednesday’s decision. MacKenzie said it’s not clear whether couples such as them will be able to now file joint federal tax returns, for example.
And The ruling does nothing to overturn Nebraska’s ban on gay marriage. Even if it opens the door to more legal challenges down the road, that could take years, he said.
But he was still happy to see the direction things are headed in the country.
"The train hasn’t gotten to the station yet, but we all know where it’s going," MacKenzie said. "This is one large step in the direction of equality. It’s not the final word."