Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same sex unions today. Meaning the U.S. is the fourth country in the world where gay and lesbian couples can marry.
But for couples who fit the profile in Nebraska, the ruling changes little.
Backed by a state law, Nebraska has declared that it will not recognize same sex unions. Adding the marriage is an institution between a man and a woman.
For Hal Young and Perry Franklin, a couple who've been together for 32-and-a-half years, the law is just a way of life.
"The thing that bothers us the most are the legal aspects of health and death and such," says Young.
Legal experts in the state say it will take a series of lawsuits against the amendment before gay and lesbian couples see any changes.