HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Sarah Adkins and Casie McGee didn’t wake up Thursday morning with a wedding on their minds.
But when they tucked in for bed that evening, they were married in every sense of the word, emotionally and legally, and they already had plans as to what they would do with their marriage license.
“It will be nice to put it in a frame next to the rejection letters we got last year,” Adkins said, as she and McGee embraced inside the Cabell County Courthouse.
Adkins and McGee became the first female same-sex couple to file for a marriage license in Cabell County, and certainly the first same-sex couple to marry on the steps of the courthouse in downtown Huntington.
Just minutes before them, Justin Murdock and fiance William Glavaris became the first same-sex couple to file for a marriage license in the county at about 3:40 p.m.
The nuptial affair was one that took place in other counties int West Virginia on Thursday after West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey announced he would not continue his defense in a court case regarding the ban of same-sex unions in the state.
Not long after Morrisey released his statement, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin issued a statement deeming the state’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional.