BOISE, Idaho (CN) – Hundreds gathered today at the Ada County Recorder’s office, cheering with jubilation as the first gay and lesbian couples in Boise received licenses to marry.
Some of the couples exited the building with tears in their eyes as well the licenses in their hands, but emotional outpourings are after all common at weddings.
“It also means we are afforded the legal benefits of marriage that other people are afforded right now, such as insurance, death rights and such, all the things most people take for granted,” Whitfitt added.
Ada County Clerk Christopher Rich instructed deputies to begin issuing licenses to same-sex couples in compliance with a Columbus Day order by the 9th Circuit.
As licenses were handed out this morning, the 9th Circuit gave Idaho another route to preserve its ban.
“We’ve lived in Boise for about 40 years and we’ve been waiting to get married for 17 years,” Whitfitt’s partner, Wendy Trottier, said. “For me it all winds down to enduring love. The fact that we had to fight to have the legal recognition that we are a legitimate couple, and we had to wait, and we did. We are hitting that 17th year with the same stride of love we had in the beginning, and an even stronger love than we’ve ever had. So if there is ever any question, ‘is this a legitimate union?’ Absolutely, without a doubt.”
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