PHOENIX — Same-sex Arizona couples wasted little time getting to the altar Friday, after a federal judge knocked down the state’s ban on gay marriage.
Within an hour of Attorney General Tom Horne announcing he would not appeal the ruling and would give permission for clerks to issue marriage licenses immediately, same-sex couples began the process of tying the knot.
Some opted to pick up the license application and return home to plan their wedding, while others met with an ordained minister outside the Maricopa County Superior Court building in downtown Phoenix. Many exchanged vows and went back inside the building to submit the paperwork and make it official.
David Larance and Kevin Patterson were among the couples who sued to overturn
the state’s ban, waited in the growing line outside the clerk’s office in
downtown Phoenix Friday morning. Patterson said the decision gave him “peace
of mind” despite him forgetting the ring.
— Tom Tingle (@TomTingle2) October 17, 2014
Marriages weren’t just taking place in Phoenix. Same-sex couples across the Valley were getting hitched Friday.
— Philip Haldiman (@PhilipHaldiman) October 17, 2014
— Caitlin McGlade (@CaitMcGlade) October 17, 2014
— Dianna M. Náñez (@DiannaNanez) October 17, 2014
— Mariana Dale (@mariana_dale) October 17, 2014
KTAR’s Mark Remillard and the Associated Press contributed this report.