First same-sex couple legally married in Idaho eager to see others wed

Tabitha Simmons, left, and Katherine Sprague, right, are married by Rev. Elizabeth Stevens, from the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, outside the Latah County Courthouse in Moscow, Idaho, on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Sprague and Simmons were the first couple to be issued a same-sex marriage license in Latah County. Geoff Crimmins, AP

Tabitha Simmons, left, and Katherine Sprague, right, are married by Rev. Elizabeth Stevens, from the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, outside the Latah County Courthouse in Moscow, Idaho, on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Sprague and Simmons were the first couple to be issued a same-sex marriage license in Latah County.Geoff Crimmins, AP

Tabitha Simmons, left, and Katherine Sprague, right, are married by Rev. Elizabeth Stevens, from the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse, outside the Latah County Courthouse in Moscow, Idaho, on Friday, Oct. 10, 2014. Sprague and Simmons were the first couple to be issued a same-sex marriage license in Latah County.

MOSCOW, Idaho — A day after becoming one of Idaho’s first legally wed gay couples, Tabitha Simmons and Katherine Sprague were back at work at the comics store they own Saturday, relieved to finally have their union recognized by the state but eager for other counties to begin issuing the marriage licenses, too.

The pair rushed to the Latah County Courthouse on Friday after hearing that the U.S. Supreme Court would allow gay marriages in the state to proceed. Other county clerks declined to immediately issue marriage licenses to waiting couples – citing advice from the state attorney general’s office that a final order from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was needed first.

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But Latah County’s clerk, Susan Petersen, said she got the green light from the county prosecutor’s office.

Simmons and Sprague were first in line, obtained their marriage license and hustled outside to the courthouse lawn, where they were married by the Rev. Elizabeth Stevens, of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse. Then they rushed back inside to turn in their documents.

“I was jubilant,” Simmons told The Associated Press on Saturday. “We have waited so long for this opportunity.”

Petersen said she issued six marriage licenses late Friday afternoon. According to Sprague, five of the couples were married on the courthouse lawn Friday afternoon.

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