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Monday, October 13, 2014

LAS VEGAS HOSTS ITS FIRST OFFICIAL GAY WEDDING

Following the decision taken earlier this week by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to strike down Nevada's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, same-sex weddings have begun to take place in Las Vegas.

As GayStarNews reported yesterday, Nevada Democratic Senator Kelvin Atkinson was one of the first to take advantage of his new right to marry when he proposed to long-term partner, Sherwood Howard, at an event celebrating the Supreme Court's decision not to hear appeals from state's wishing to uphold same-sex marriage bans.

They have now become the first same-sex couple to wed in the city.
Despite the fact that it was only granted permission to do so at 5pm, the Las Vegas Marriage License Bureau said that it issued no fewer than 40 marriage licenses to gay couples yesterday (Thursday 9 October) – some of whom had patiently been waiting for several hours at the Bureau beforehand.

The first couple to get a license at the Las Vegas Marriage Bureau were Antioco Carillo and Theodore Small.
‘We're walking on clouds,’ said Carillo to Associated Press. ‘This is unreal.’

The first to obtain a license and then actually tie the knot were the aforementioned Atkinson and Howard, who wed on the steps of the Bureau immediately after getting their license. 


‘It's done, we are married! Amazing!’ Tweeted the senator afterwards.

SOURCE: GAY STAR NEWS

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