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Scottsdale couple to speak at marriage equality rally in Washington DC

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -

The fight for marriage equality is a very personal one for a valley couple who have been together since the late 1950s.

After decades of quietly living together and raising a family, they are about to do something they never thought they would do: speaking on the steps of the Supreme Court, fighting for marriage equality.

Nelda Majors and Karen Bailey have been a couple since 1958 when they met each other in college.

"I was 18 and Nelda was 19, and we're now 73 and 74. We still don't have the rights of marriage after 55 years," said Bailey.

"As you get older, it becomes important. We wanted the rights, we just never thought we'd have a chance to get them," said Majors.

The Scottsdale couple flew to Washington D.C. Sunday morning to speak at a rally on the steps of the Supreme Court Tuesday, as the justices take up the issue of same-sex marriage.

Nelda and Karen say they never considered themselves "activists" and never thought they'd see even the possibility of getting married to each other.

"We've accepted it through the years, there was nothing we could do. It was the way it was," said Majors.

"We have stuck together all these years, even though it was hard in the 50s growing up, because it was so unaccepted," said Bailey.

They are both now retired and have raised two daughters.

They said the main thing they are fighting for are the protections and benefits that would come with being a legally married couple.

"Karen can make those decisions for me better than anybody else and she should have the right to do so. And as it stands right now, if I'm in intensive care, they do not have to let her in," said Majors.

"We feel that we should have the same rights that a heterosexual couple has and we feel that the constitution gives us those rights and that we deserve them," said Bailey.

Nelda and Karen believe the supreme court decision will hinge on the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, equal protection under the law.

A ruling by the court is expected by the end of June.

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