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Day 3: Boulder, Colo., continues issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples

Licenses now being offered in Boulder, Lafayette and Longmont offices
Friday, June 27, 2014
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Michelle and Wendy Alfredsen with their son Oliver kiss after getting their marriage license at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorders Office in Boulder Colo. Wednesday, June 25, 2014. Paul Aiken, AP

Michelle and Wendy Alfredsen with their son Oliver kiss after getting their marriage license at the Boulder County Clerk and Recorders Office in Boulder Colo. Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

Some thought they would have to wait a few more years to get married in Colorado but others, like Angie Holley, 61, and Bylo Farmer, 53, said they never thought it would happen in their lifetime.

Holley and Farmer, among those signed their marriage license to “self-solemnize” their union, were joined by friends from their women’s chorus who sang “Going To The Chapel” before and after they got their license. They had an impromptu reception a picnic table outside the clerk’s office with sparkling grape juice, with friends sharing stories about them.

Farmer said that for now she’s not worried about warnings that the licenses aren’t valid.

“I’m not going to let it ruin my day. I’ve got my friends and loved ones here,” Farmer said.

Levi Healy, 34, and Josh Hufford, 31, of Denver, who had planned to go to California to get married, said their friends and family encouraged them to get a marriage license after Hall’s announcement. They said Suther’s warning helped them to decide to act now.

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They both described the experience as “surreal.”

“It still feels fuzzy, and ‘Is this really happening?’ but yes, it really is,” Hufford said.

Boulder County was among the first to issue same-sex marriage licenses nearly 40 years ago. Six couples were issued licenses by then-clerk Clela Rorex in 1975 before the state attorney general intervened.

All six couples were married. The first couple divorced. One of the other couples, Anthony Sullivan, an Australian citizen, and Richard Adams, of California remained together until Adams’ death in 2012. Their marriage wasn’t recognized by the federal government and their story, including Sullivan’s fight for a green card, is chronicled in the new documentary “Limited Partnership.”

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