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O.C. Plaintiffs in Supreme Court Case Applaud Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

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Matthew Mansell woke up in his Placentia home Friday morning and began to get ready for work like it was any other day. Then he turned on CNN and saw the news that would make it a day he’ll never forget: The Supreme Court had decided in favor of nationwide same-sex marriage.

It was an announcement that carries weight for many Americans but held particular resonance for Mansell, who, along with husband John Espejo, was among more than 30 plaintiffs in the high court case.

The couple married in San Francisco in 2008 and adopted two children. But when they moved to Tennessee after a job transfer in 2012, they realized the legality of their marriage was no longer recognized. They joined a lawsuit there seeking to prove their union should not be invalidated by the state and returned to California last year.

As Mansell watched the news on TV on Friday, his stomach knotted. Then relief set in. His husband would experience a similar sense of shock and relief. It had been a close margin – a 5-to-4 vote - but they had won.

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