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Salt Lake County clerk issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Friday, December 20, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY — Just hours after a federal judge struck down Utah’s same-sex marriage ban on Friday, a county clerk’s office in Utah is issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Salt Lake City residents Michael Adam Ferguson and J. Seth Anderson tweeted Friday afternoon that they has just received their marriage license and declared themselves husbands.

They are the first couple to be married under the now legal same-sex marriage decision handed down by a federal judge just hours before their ceremony.

Michael Adam Ferguson and J. Seth Anderson

Michael Adam Ferguson and J. Seth Anderson

Salt Lake County Deputy Clerk Dahnelle Burton-Lee said the district attorney authorized her office to begin issuing the marriage licenses Friday.

She couldn’t immediately say how many licenses have been issued so far, but Anderson later tweeted a photo that there was “a line out the door.”

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  1. Two states in two days! 2013 has been the gayest year in history!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:21pm
  2. I jsut told that to my mom I am so happy right now.

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:22pm
  3. I never thought I would see this in Utah :)

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:25pm
  4. In a good way

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:26pm
  5. very cute couple. Congratulations and Best Wishes

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:21pm
  6. I live here! I’m proud of this.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:21pm
  7. Beauty full I send huggs

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:21pm
  8. Congratulations.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:21pm
  9. Congrats to this couple!! I’m a fellow utah resident and I’m so happy!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:21pm
  10. I live in Utah and nothing makes me happier then seeing this. There may be hope for this Religious ran state after all <3

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:22pm
  11. Congratulations Utah!! just after Illinois new same sex marriage granted

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:22pm
  12. Yay

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:23pm
  13. Great News

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:23pm
  14. …sending best wishes and congratulations from Cajun Country , Louisiana…

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:23pm
  15. congrats guys.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:23pm
  16. Congrats!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:24pm
  17. I’m happy for them

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:24pm
  18. Ha go figure I move out of state in two weeks

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:24pm
  19. I lived in Ogden Utah about 2 years ago

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:24pm
  20. Awe, such a cute couple. :-) Congrats.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:24pm
  21. i wish i had someone to take care of me

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:24pm
  22. Brandi Morris

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:25pm
  23. It’s happening! Yay! Get it!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:25pm
  24. Yay!!!!i so wanna spend forever with my Queen Erin Norris and this big step will help with that… congrats u two (:

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:26pm
  25. Finally!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:26pm
  26. yay congrats

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:26pm
  27. I think everyone is celebrating too early, they can still appeal and probably will.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:26pm
  28. They can appeal and challenge all they want but they'd only be delaying the inevitable.

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:10pm
  29. I LOVE IT…<3 <3 <3 …. lets get the ball rolling…. #3 ready set ho <3

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:26pm
  30. Congratulations, we are so happy for you!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:27pm
  31. Congratulations! Great happiness to all couples who now may wed in Utah!~

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:28pm
  32. congratulations !

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:29pm
  33. Awesome!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:29pm
  34. I’m shocked at how soon Utah came through. I expected it to go down swinging like Alabama is poised to but this is beautifully unexpected news. <3

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:30pm
  35. aww, cute couple.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:32pm
  36. And, one by one, the walls shall fall….

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:34pm
  37. Justice is served for equal rights.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:34pm
  38. CONGRATS GUYS

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:34pm
  39. oh my, and the clerks office wasn’t struck down by lightning? geeeeee

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:38pm
  40. Way to go SLC!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:38pm
  41. Shaka

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:40pm
  42. What’s the q in lgbtq

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:40pm
  43. @ Dillon they can appeal, but they’ll never win. Too many other have set the ball rolling!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:40pm
  44. Beautiful Couple! God Bless!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:41pm
  45. Blessings on your marriage guys!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:42pm
  46. sick

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:44pm
  47. Yes you are.

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:49pm
  48. congratulations! :)

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:06pm
  49. Congratulation!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:44pm
  50. OMG! Yes!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:45pm
  51. Congrats!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:47pm
  52. congratulations UTAH

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:47pm
  53. these men r so cute! congrats & god bless.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:49pm
  54. Congratulations to you both!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:52pm
  55. Congrats! fellas…

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:54pm
  56. Wow, if UTAH can get it together Texan can too! #CmonTexas

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 10:54pm
  57. One can only hope.

    Replied on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:09pm
  58. Awesome!! I love it!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:03pm
  59. Congratulations wish it would happen here in ky.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:05pm
  60. I would like to say Edie WIndsor, this is all stemming from yoU!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:05pm
  61. #PROGRESS Lets keep this gay train going !!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:07pm
  62. congratulations

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:09pm
  63. Congratulations

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:11pm
  64. Congrats Utah!!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:14pm
  65. 35% of the country!! Lets keep going!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:15pm
  66. CONGRATS TO ALL :)

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:18pm
  67. Will the state of Utah be the next state to pass legislation allowing same sex marriage?

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:21pm
  68. Such amazingly good news! Cheers to both New Mexico and Utah. Hurry and get marriage licenses!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:30pm
  69. This is truly a Christmas miracle..thank u Jeezus!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:30pm
  70. Congratulations to you

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:31pm
  71. Does not make it right with Gods word, man does not make the marriage rules, God does!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:41pm
  72. Someone is getting fired.

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:46pm
  73. OMG! I am sure that LDS are having a HISSY!!!

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:46pm
  74. <3 LOVE Conquers all <3

    Posted on Friday, December 20, 2013 at 11:59pm
  75. “to the tabernacle, Robin! The Mormons are about to riot!”

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:02am
  76. Awww~! :D

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:04am
  77. My partner (now husband) and I left Utah for California 17 years ago to live free from discrimination. Back then I never thought this day would come in my lifetime.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:08am
  78. Congrats and mazel tov boys and a beautiful life to you both!! xo

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:13am
  79. This just made it real for me.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:14am
  80. Awwwww cute couple!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:17am
  81. Richard H. Bartholomew, marriage is a civil contract and religious beliefs have NO bearing on CIVIL RIGHTS. By the way, I am a Christian, which means I follow the teachings of Jesus, who said NOTHING about homosexuality.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:18am
  82. Congrats and about bloody time;enjoy my sweets you both deserve it + have earned it;hoo-ray!!!!!!!:) :):):):)

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:22am
  83. I can see the Supreme Court case now.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:29am
  84. Surely in this day and age we should be able to come out and not have a big deal made out of it, rather than having to be brave to say we are who we are>

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:35am
  85. yea

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:40am
  86. Love it!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:40am
  87. Richard. Why are you even on this page? While you’re entitled to your opinion, it’s neither wanted not needed here.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:40am
  88. <3

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:43am
  89. Woohoo!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:44am
  90. Imagining these guys guzzling each others love juice is kind of nasty but…. I wish them the best x)

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:48am
  91. Now that’s nice :-)

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:53am
  92. Louisiana’s next… better “DUCK”!! ;-)

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:01am
  93. Congratulations. And Bravo to the judge for doing the right thing under the law.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:31am
  94. YAY!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:41am
  95. Congrats Utah! I’m glad to see that we are becomming a nation of loving our differences.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:44am
  96. They make an adorable couple. Well, this has been a rather great year for the LGBTQ community. Its about time.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:56am
  97. America is finally becoming a place of true freedom!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:59am
  98. congrats but i have feeling the case is nto over yet.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:03am
  99. CONGRATULATION FROM HUNGARY..:)

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:08am
  100. I´m so glad to read this,specially the first couple marrying in Salt Lake City.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:25am
  101. Yaaa Utah you rock, keep the momentum going.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:27am
  102. I wish the law would pass in San Antonio, Tx

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:49am
  103. Congratulations guys !! Yay!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:02am
  104. aaawwww… how i wish it’ll be open to all country. haha. :)

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:04am
  105. Congrats everybody!!!! XOXOXO!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:40am
  106. YEAH. Congratulations

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:44am
  107. Good about time.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:52am
  108. sohappy for you

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:20am
  109. Josë Gutierrez come out now!
    John Schenk wrote that
    BTW!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:30am
  110. Lorenzo and John, if only they struck down the polygamy ban we could three be happily ever after.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:36am
  111. Congratulations guys! Thank you for your part in making history

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:36am
  112. Well Done USA

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:40am
  113. Yay! Congrats! PA needs to get on the ball!! We don’t even have a statewide LGBT anti-discrimination law yet!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:46am
  114. Is Utah becoming the 18th state?

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:53am
  115. Congratulations UTAH!! Blessings to all who have brought forth this…now let’s get it legal in EVERY STATE!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:03am
  116. Call it what you want. MARRIAGE is NOT.
    MARRIAGE IS BETWEEN A MAN AND A WOMAN.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:09am
  117. Congrats. So happy for you

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 8:12am
  118. Seems that in spite of the neanderthals in the house, and all the Tea-party Freaks, some people in the Red States are actually intelligent!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:10am
  119. Well – holy shit

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 10:47am
  120. looking for lesbian na hindi halata, who’s hiding their homosexuality… im a discreet gay di rin halata… lets pretend to be a lover, easy way to hide more our homosexuality to friends, family… hahaha…

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 11:07am
  121. I`m not gay, but believe in equal rights !! I love it. Change is in the air !!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:14pm
  122. wish them all the happiness and health and success xxxx

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 12:24pm
  123. Join us!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:05pm
  124. congrads

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:12pm
  125. Congratulations Utah!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:45pm
  126. awww cute

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 1:57pm
  127. a nice couple… il like thm.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:13pm
  128. cute couple, maybe even hot if they would shave

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 2:50pm
  129. THIS IS AMERICA

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:01pm
  130. Utah, Really? Come on Pennsylvania, time to catch up!!!!!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:05pm
  131. Come on Wisconsin.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:19pm
  132. And they thought it couldn’t happen in Utah. Cool beans.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 3:31pm
  133. I only hope Arizona is next!:) if Utah can pass it so can we here!:)

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 4:52pm
  134. Ur awesome if I love Jenna

    Replied on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:00pm
  135. good so glad

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 5:01pm
  136. So many people got married last night! It was beautiful!

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:13pm
  137. Congratulations fellas.

    Posted on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 6:16pm