Hinds County Circuit Clerk issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples

JACKSON, Miss.- Three days after the historic decision from the Supreme Court legalizing same-sex marriage, Mississippi clerks are now issuing marriage licenses.
WJTV News Channel 12’s Lucy Dieckhaus spoke with two newlywed couples at the Hinds County Courthouse.

Two newlywed couples showed off their marriage licenses this morning.

“I’m ecstatic. Didn’t think we would see this for a long time, so we are really excited. We’re lucky. Thankful,

and we are just ready to start our life together,” said Laurin Locke and Tiffany Brosch.

” I got to marry my best friend today. That’s a feeling there aren’t words to describe,” said Cynthia Lott.

The Hinds County Circuit Clerk’s Office opened its doors to the couples after receiving a letter from the Mississippi Attorney General’s office.

“If something changes and you think you are in trouble. You will not be in any trouble by issuing it. Now if you do not issue it you may be sued,” said Hinds County Circuit Clerk Barbara Dunn.

Activist Lindsey Simerly celebrates the supreme court ruling  saying these marriage licenses are much more than just a piece of paper…

“My fiancée and my two-year-old daughter were in the room with me, and we just jumped up and down and cheered and cried and all of those things– knowing that not only were we going to be equal in our home state, but any state that we traveled to in the country we were equal. There is that legal piece, but the piece about just being a family– just being a married couple, just having that word, and all that’s associated with it. That’s the big piece,” said Lindsey Simerly.

Another couple says they’re rushing home to also tell their family the news.

“We’re going to go home and tell our 5-year-old that we were married today. She’s going to be thrilled,” Lott said.

The letter sent from Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood says some same-sex marriages could be contested in the future because the 5th circuit court has yet to a lift the stay on the issue.


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