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Same-sex couples obtain licenses and have ceremonies at courthouse


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Christina Ann Marie Reeves, left, and Cheyenne Mockobee are joined in Bartholomew County's first-ever same-sex union by retired minister Larry Jackman, Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the Bartholomew County Courthouse.
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Christina Ann Marie Reeves, left, and Cheyenne Mockobee are joined in Bartholomew County's first-ever same-sex union by retired minister Larry Jackman, Thursday, June 26, 2014, at the Bartholomew County Courthouse. Photo by Andrew Laker


Cheyenne Dawn Mockobee and Christina Ann Marie Reeves were the first same-sex couple married in Bartholomew County, in a ceremony officiated near the county clerk's office by a retired Presbyterian minister Lawrence Jackman, of  Columbus.

The couple requested Jackman to officiate at the ceremony.

At about 8:30 a.m. today, the couple had vowed to stay at the courthouse with their 2-year-old son until they received a marriage license.

As many as five same-sex couples were obtaining marriage licenses Thursday. There may be three weddings at the courthouse today, with the two other couples deciding to get married at a different time and location.

A second ceremony was completed at about 2:10 p.m., also officiated by Jackman.

The second ceremony was for Carolyn Cory and her partner Maddy Halloran, who had asked for a marriage license Wednesday but were denied by the clerk's office. Bartholomew County Clerk Tami Hines had requested guidance from the state attorney general's office Wednesday before issuing same-sex marriage licenses.

Three Bartholomew County judges issued instructions Thursday afternoon for the clerk's office to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Judges issuing the instructions to Hines were Judge Stephen R. Heimann, Judge Kathleen Tighe Coriden and Judge Jim Worton.

For more on this story, see Friday's Republic.

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