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

Friday, December 20, 2013
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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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