Just about an hour after U.S. District Court Judge Robert J. Shelby struck down Utah's same-sex marriage ban, at least one gay Utah couple successfully applied for a marriage license in the state. And, they livetweeted the whole thing. Seth Anderson and Michael Ferguson are officially husband-and-husband.
Me and my new husband!! My polygamous Mormon great grandparents would be so proud! pic.twitter.com/82xyh9GJoS— Seth Anderson (@jsethanderson) December 20, 2013
Utah could still appeal the decision, but it's not clear at this point whether they will or not.
Until then, the Salt Lake County clerk's office in Utah will issue gay marriage licenses, after gaining the approval of the district attorney (the state's attorney general's office will comment on the ruling later). So it's quite possible that we'll be hearing more stories like the one below.
Update, Saturday: Religion Dispatches has an interview with the couple. "We are told that love is going to come like a thief in the night, and it did."
Update: At least one other couple in the state has successfully applied for a marriage license. Here they are:
This couple just got their Utah marriage license as well. pic.twitter.com/sJejiBYUOz— Alex Cabrero (@KSL_AlexCabrero) December 20, 2013