That day arrived yesterday and today we did just that.
|The old Fluvanna County Courthouse|
I'm going to skip over all the legal technicalities, but when the Supreme Court declined to hear the "marriage cases" it meant that the decisions of the appellate courts that had struck down the various state laws banning same sex marriage would go into effect. The 4th Circuit issued its mandate at 1:00 p.m. Monday afternoon. Thanks to our narrowly elected state Attorney General, he had directed and instructed local court clerks to begin issuing licenses immediately. There were many licenses and simultaneous marriages yesterday across the Commonwealth. We were working but made plans to go today to get our license.
|Confederate monument in the village square.|
|The old jail in the village square, now a museum.|
We were, as I expected, the first same sex couple to apply for and receive a marriage license in Fluvanna County. The sky didn't fall, the earth didn't crack open, and I don't think any other couple's relationship fell apart because of it. We are not the only same sex couple in the county, so I hope others will feel they can do the same, when and if they want to do so.
|This is the stone above the door to the old courthouse.|