First same-sex marriage license issued in Floyd

PRESTONSBURG – A Prestonsburg couple filed for and received the first same-sex marriage license Tuesday at the Floyd County Clerk’s office.

Bonita Gaye Cole, 45, and Christal Michelle Tackett, 40, both of Meade’s Branch of Abbott filed became the first couple in the county to visit the clerk’s office to get their license, telling clerks working on Tuesday they plan to be married Sunday.

The couple, both of whom are divorced according to records, live in an area on Meade’s Branch called Holbrook Village.

Cole confirmed Wednesday that the couple would be married Sunday, with a friend officiating.

“We are getting married this Sunday,” Cole said. “A friend of ours went and got ordained just so she could perform the wedding.”

Cole didn’t offer any other details about the ceremony Wednesday.

The Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that bans at the state level against same-sex marriage were unconstitutional. The ruling made same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

Since that time, Floyd County Clerk Chris Waugh has said he would follow the law in issuing a marriage license to same-sex couples, but added he felt there were options that could be discussed. Waugh said the decision was a difficult one and had considered resigning his office before talking with his wife.

Clerk’s across the Commonwealth have issued numerous licenses at this point, but some are still holding out, citing religious reasons, despite statements released from Gov. Steve Beshear to follow the Supreme Court’s ruling as law.

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