Ful­ton County read­ies for same-sex mar­riage

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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.

(File photo)

The Ful­ton County Health Depart­ment re­port­edly re­turned $8.7 mil­lion in grant money to the CDC that was ear­marked for HIV pre­ven­tion.

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