Same-sex couples in Columbia respond quickly to marriage ruling

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Nora Dietzel, Boone County Recorder of Deeds, said that the first same-sex couple arrived at the Boone County Courthouse at about 9:30 Friday morning, while the court was waiting for the legal review of the Supreme Court’s opinion on same-sex marriage. The couple got its marriage license about 45 minutes later, as the Boone County Court got the official OK.

The court has replaced “Bride” and “Groom” with “First Party” and “Second Party” on its marriage application form, Dietzel said.

“We also added a gender designation box to check what gender they are, since ‘first party’ and ‘second party’ doesn’t indicate the gender,” she said.

Barb Sonderman, 60, and Martha Pickens, 56, were the fifth same-sex couple to register for a license in Boone County on Friday. They have been together for 17 years and had a ceremony four years ago in Booneville. The four same-sex couples to register before Sonderman and Pickens were all female.

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