Locals Celebrate Supreme Court Rulings

June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM EDT


June 26, 2013 Updated Jun 26, 2013 at 11:36 PM EDT

There were cheers, songs, and lots of love in Buffalo's Allentown neighborhood Wednesday night.

Dozens of people gathering to celebrate the Supreme Court's historic decisions furthering the rights for same-sex couples.

"It's such a beautiful day and it's a day that love has won," said Kristian Richard, who was celebrating with her fiance.

One of the rulings overturned the Defense of Marriage Act. Now, same-sex couples have the same federal rights as heterosexual couples.

Brian Bussard-Schuster's husband died in 2005. Now, after fighting for eight years, he will finally have access to his spouse's pension and life insurance policy.

"it gives me more joy than anything else in this world to get access to what I was denied," said Bussard-Schuster.

Many in attendance say Wednesday's rulings are certainly a victory for the gay and lesbian community, but there is still much more to be done.

Same-sex marriage remains illegal in 38 states.