Sean Liphard and Auntré Hamp
The couple: Liphard, 40, and Hamp, 31, began getting serious three years ago. Then they entered into a domestic partnership in California, relocated to Washington, D.C., and legally married in Maryland last month.
Financial impact: Because of the Defense of Marriage Act, the couple has had to file multiple state and federal tax returns -- costing them an extra $200 in preparation fees. That will disappear now.
Yet, the couple will owe roughly $2,000 more in income tax when filing federal taxes as a married couple. But they will save $1,500 on the tax paid on spousal health insurance.
"To be able to file taxes together and get the same benefits and be recognized as a couple is all worth it," Liphard said.
The couple went to the Supreme Court to watch the decision unfold.
"This was a huge day -- there was screaming, cheering and a woman even came up and hugged us. It was pretty emotional, overwhelming and exciting all at the same time," said Liphard. "It really solidifies our current marriage and is just a huge relief."
The Supreme Court's decision Wednesday to strike down the federal law that limited marriage to a man and a woman is not just a civil rights victory for same-sex couples across the country -- it's a financial win for many of them.