Houston County issues first same-sex marriage license

Published: Jul. 22, 2015 at 8:29 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 30, 2015 at 9:50 PM CDT
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HOUSTON CO., AL (WSFA) - Same-sex couples can now marry in Houston County.

The Houston County Probate Office issued it's first same sex marriage license on Wednesday to Kieth Ingram and Albert Pigg of Dothan. 

They've been engaged for over a year and a half and they've been waiting on this day. They first applied for a marriage license back in February and they hoped to have a Valentine's Day Wedding, but they were denied.

After going back and fourth with the court over the last year, they're overjoyed and anxious to spend the rest of their lives together as husbands.

"We're all Americans. Today I feel more american than ever. We have the same rights every American deserves," said Ingram.

In January, The Houston County Probate Office stopped performing marriage ceremonies. Today, the County Probate Judge, Patrick Davenport, would not comment on camera, but he's issued a statement.

After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling  to allow same sex marriages, he says, he is obligated to follow the law of the land, despite opposition from Houston County residents.

"We're taking steps towards equality and I feel that we're getting there, but we're not there yet. We still have things to overcome like discrimination. The trans community is being left out of certain topics that the LGB community is being included in," said Pigg.  

If you need to apply for a marriage license, the Probate Office is open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Henry County, along with most other Alabama Counties are also issuing marriage licenses.

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