Last month, Federal District Court judge Callie Granade made LGBT couples and activists in Alabama very happy when she ruled that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional.
When the news was announced that LGBT couples were going to be able to apply for marriage licenses on Monday, the rest of the country celebrated the human rights victory:
In the meantime, Alabama prepared to celebrate one of the happiest days in the state’s history:
Early that morning, Tori Sisson and Shanté Wolfe were the first to legally tie the knot in the state.
When asked why they didn’t get a marriage license from another state, Wolfe told BuzzFeed:
“We weren’t going to pack up and move umpteen miles just to get a license, only come to back to Alabama.”
Soon after, this same-sex couple became the first to legally wed in Huntsville:
And Dee and Laura Bush followed suit in Birmingham:
It’s not hard to see why this was such a happy day in Alabama.
Just check out this duo, whose marriage license – issued in Washington state – is now valid in Alabama:
And look at this woman who offered to officiate any wedding for the price of two hugs:
Look at all these people lined up to celebrate the newly married couples:
It doesn’t get much better than that.
Here’s hoping the other states that have banned same-sex marriage are quick to follow Alabama’s lead.