This morning, Mississippi Circuit Clerks received a new message from Hood saying it’s up to individual clerks whether or not they wanted to release marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Shortly after receiving that message, the Harrison County Circuit Clerk issued the first marriage license to a same-sex couple in Harrison County.
Anita Twiner and Deborah Watkins tied the knot, and one hand: Celeste Swaim and Bobbi Gray, the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in the county. Celeste Swaim and Bobbi Gray told News 25: “There’s not a higher high. We were up here Friday, got turned down. It’s been a letdown all weekend. But, we got a call this morning, first thing, and I don’t even remember getting dressed. I mean, we just hauled it up here.”
Today is proof of their long-time dream, resting in the palm of their hands.
Even though same-sex couples can now legally marry in Mississippi, some state politicians refuse to budge on their viewpoint.
U.S. Congressman Steven Palazzo said, “Well, my stance has never changed. I’m not a flip-flopping kind of politician. I believe marriage is between one man and one woman. It’s biblical.”
Anita and Deborah are now the second same-sex couple to receive their marriage licenses right here in Harrison County. They tell News 25, they wouldn’t have had it done anywhere else: “Well, it’s where our families are. We thought it was important. It’s where we live. I don’t understand why I should have to go to another state to get the same rights as anyone else. It shouldn’t matter where I live and its home.”