Fulton County readies for same-sex marriage
The Fulton County government is making plans to accommodate same-sex couples who plan to marry on the day of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on marriage equality.
In an interview with WSB-TV, Fulton County Chair John Eaves said he is lining up judges who are willing to perform same-sex weddings, and plans are also being made to open the atrium of the Fulton County Government Center for extended hours.
“So these are some exciting times with the anticipated decision of the Supreme Court,” Eaves says. He notes that changing the marriage application license is as simple as changing husband and wife to spouse and spouse.
And he does expect many same-sex couples are going to want to get married if the Supreme Court rules marriage equality should be recognized in all states.
“Typically we are open from 9 to 5, but in anticipation of a sort of deluge of folks who are going to want to do it, we may look at some extended hours,” he says.
On June 3, the commission approved a resolution in support of marriage equality that also asks the Clerk of the Fulton County Probate Court to prepare for expected changes in the legal recognition of marriage for same-sex couples. The resolution was sponsored by Eaves and by openly gay commissioner Joan Garner.
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