First Same-Sex Marriage License Issued in Athens County

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“Happy, but kind of shocked,” is how Paul Jones of Athens described his reaction when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex marriage is legal in Ohio and all other states.

“Can I change my Facebook status to ‘engaged?’” Jones recalled his partner of nearly 20 years, Jeremy Webster, asking as they watched CNN.

On Tuesday, Webster and Jones became the first same-sex couple to be issued a marriage license by Athens County Probate Court.

Jones said they purposely waited a few days to apply for a license, trying not to be the first in Athens County to get one (and thereby avoid calls from news reporters). As luck would have it, they were still the first.

Read the full story at The Athens Messenger.