FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - After the
that same-sex marriage was to be legalized in all 50 states, same-sex couples in the Pine Belt rushed to the Forrest County Court House to receive their marriage licenses.
Of those couples were Amber Himlton and Annice Smith of Laurel who have been together for six years, and have been fighting for years for equal rights.
"That's my wife, we've been together a long time, our relationship is real, I shouldn't have to fight to prove that," Smith said.
After they received their marriage license, Pastor Brandiilyne Dear performed a marriage ceremony on the courthouse steps.
"It's more than just marriage, it's dreams coming true," Pastor Dear said.
While the couple were exchanging vows, Attorney General Jim Hood issued a statement regarding the issuing of marriage licences.
"The Supreme Court's decision is not immediately effective in Mississippi. It will become effective in Mississippi, and circuit clerks will be required to issues same-sex marriage licenses, when the 5th Circuit lifts the stay of Judge Reeves' order. This could come quickly or may take several days. The 5th Circuit might also choose not to lift the stay and instead issue an order, which could take considerably longer before it become effective," said Hood in his statement.