Atkinson said he called his partner, Sherwood Howard, on Tuesday afternoon to break the news about the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling and also to pop the question.
He said he hoped to discuss wedding plans on the phone call, but didn’t make much progress because Howard was crying.
Atkinson said the two have been together for about 6 ½ years and planned on getting married, but didn’t want to do it in another state.
County clerks had not started issuing marriage licenses as of Tuesday afternoon, but Atkinson said he wants to tie the knot as soon as that begins.
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