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Posted: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 10:00 am

Since the landmark Supreme Court ruling to legalize same-sex marriage was handed down on June 26, 2015, many gay and lesbian couples across the nation have been married. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the momentous court decision, Jewish News caught up with one Valley couple who joyfully celebrated under the chuppah as a result.

Joe Segal and John Sapero proposed to each other in 2006, about five years into their relationship. They anticipated having a wedding some day, but Joe wanted to wait for same-sex marriage to become legal. And even though it was legalized in Arizona in October 2014, the couple awaited what would happen at the national level. “When the Supreme Court made the decision for the national footprint, that’s when we decided to get married,” Segal says.

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