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On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court voted 5-4 that refusing to grant licenses violates the Constitution, requiring all 50 States to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Within minutes of the press release, Emma Foulkes and Petrina Bloodworth of Atlanta received the first marriage license for a gay couple in Fulton County (Georgia). I wish them many more years of happiness and wedded bliss. Shortly after the Supreme Court’s ruling was announced, President Obama gave a briefing in which he stated “When all Americans are treated as equal, we are all more free.” He went on to say “There is so much more work to be done to extend the full promise of America to every American. But today, we can say in no uncertain terms that we’ve made our union a little more perfect.”
On a personal note; I shed a few tears of joy as I watched the coverage on CNN this morning. Happy that, the union I have shared with my husband for almost 21 years is finally legal in our home state. It’s kind of funny, when Andy and I got married last August, people asked me if I felt different after we were married. I have said that I did feel different, but it was difficult to express exactly how it felt different into words. After all, our license was merely a piece of paper, a document. A document our state did not recognize. Today all that changed. I do feel differently. Today, my commitment to my husband is legal in Georgia and throughout these United States.