April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse are reacting after the U.S. Supreme Court sided with them Friday on creating a constitutional right for gay couples to marry.

The decision affects millions of gay couples and children in families in the 14 states — including Michigan — where same-sex marriage had not been legal.

The Justice Department has said a failure by the court to legalize gay marriage nationwide would lead to second-class status for gay families in parts of the country. But conservative justices warned that the decision could impinge on the freedom of religious schools and churches to practice their faith.

The 21/2 hours of oral arguments heard by the high court in April suggested the justices — even liberal members — were aware of the implications.

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