Adams County issues first same-sex marriage application

Published 12:03 am Wednesday, July 1, 2015

NATCHEZ — At approximately 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a same-sex Natchez couple received their marriage license application, marking a bit of history.

They were the first same-sex couple in Adams County to apply for a marriage license since the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling that legalized the practice nationwide.

Adams County Circuit Clerk Eddie Walker said although the couple wished to remain anonymous, it was a historic day at the Adams County Courthouse.

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“They have the marriage license in hand, and they’re just waiting on a date and officiant,” Walker said. “I’m expecting more (same-sex) couples will start coming in soon.”

Before Monday, Walker said Adams County marriage licenses read “bride” and “groom.”

Now, the wording has been changed to “applicant one” and “applicant two.”

“It’s kind of a unisex approach,” he said.

Walker said once a marriage license is issued, the couple has no deadline on when they actually get married.

“I’ve been expecting this for a long time,” Walker said of the ruling.

Before the Supreme Court’s ruling, Mississippi was one of 13 states that banned same-sex marriage.

Same-sex sexual activity in Mississippi has been legal since another U.S. Supreme Court decision 2003 overturned state bans on sodomy.