KINGSTONâ€”They didnâ€™t intend to make history, but they did.
Two women, Brandy Horn and Ann Spencer, became the first couple to receive a same-sex marriage license in Roane County. They picked it up at about 3 p.m. Friday, just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in aÂ 5-4 decision that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, making it legal in all 50 states.
â€œIt was a relief,â€ Spencer said. â€œI was so happy I was about to cry. I was in disbelief. It was finally happening.â€
Horn and Spencer live in Rockwood. They have been together for 16 years and worn rings for 15. They already considered themselves married. But now it will be legal.
â€œIt has been a long, hard battle that love won today for all couples,â€ Horn said Friday. â€œIt was also a proud moment to walk into our hometown courthouse and be given the same rights and privileges as any other couple would have.â€ [Read more…]