Its roster now numbers in the dozens, with formal committees and elected positions, said Mary Hargis, a member of the group. They’ve created an outreach program for transgendered youth and are starting an initiative to distribute stickers to gay-friendly local businesses.
They sat in the back of the room Saturday night, hugging and weeping.
“It’s really affirming to see their love validated,” said Michael Aldridge, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, one of those present. The ACLU had sued Davis on behalf of the couples originally denied their wedding licenses.
“It’s been an amazing journey and we’d like to thank all the people who stood with us from June 30 to today,” Miller announced Saturday. “This is your party too.”
Though they got what they wanted, the couple acknowledges their legal battle is far from over. The lawsuit, titled April Miller et al v. Kim Davis, is likely to drag out for many months more.
But the couple tried to turn the conversation away from the Davis and the ongoing legal questions Saturday night.
They exchanged vows, promising to love each other in “joy as well as sorrow, triumph as well as defeat.” They kissed and swayed into a slow dance.
Months ago, as the controversy reached a fever pitch, Miller was driving to work when a Chicago song came across the radio. “Will you still love me for the rest of my life,” the band sang, and she pulled over her car and wept.
The couple chose that song for their first dance.
Nashia Fife, a member of the Rowan County Right Coalition, wiped tears as she watched from the back of the room.
“It’s a really big reward for all our hard work to culminate in a big, beautiful party,” she said. “It’s so wonderful, so long overdue.”
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