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Kentucky couples prepare to go before high court for gay marriage debate

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Michael De Leon (right) and his family. Michael De Leon (right) and his family.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Supreme Court will soon resolve the national debate over same sex marriage and several Kentucky couples will be there when the high court hears oral arguments next week.

"From the time we met until pretty much been together," said Michael De Leon, plaintiff.

De Leon's relationship has spanned more than three decades.

"Thirty-three years," said De Leon. "We met at the University of Kentucky."

Despite the time commitment, two children and even a marriage license, the union is not recognized in Kentucky.

"We were married in Canada in 2004," De Leon explained.

But the marriage is not recognized because De Leon has a husband, not a wife.

"We are pleasantly pleased that it is going to happen," he said.

This week, De Leon, his husband and children will travel to the nation's capital to be present when the Supreme Court hears oral arguments on whether states are required to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples or recognize marriages performed in other states.

"We are plaintiffs in the lawsuit for recognition," said De Leon.

Attorneys for the plaintiff couples say the supreme court could also help sway the court of public opinion with this ruling.

"If the justices of the supreme court say, ‘hey, it's okay to stop discriminating against people on the bases of their sexual orientation' then the general public tends to take notice of that. And it has happened earlier in the race cases 50 or 60-years ago,"

Meanwhile, De Leon already has a marriage license but a favorable ruling from the supreme court would give him the recognition he is missing.

"Our marriage would be recognized here so we - we are already married as far as 37 other states are concerned, it's just not Kentucky," De Leon said.

The couples are having an official sendoff on Tuesday and they will hit the road later this week.

The supreme court is expected to made a decision by the end of June.

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