EUGENE, Ore. – The Lane County Clerk’s Office issued marriage licenses to same-sex couples Monday afternoon at the Lane County Courthouse. Same-sex couples say while they already have domestic partnerships, making their marriage official Monday was a top priority.
Matt Friday and Bruce Carlson wasted no time before heading down to the Lane County Clerk’s Office.
“We got down here at the county clerk’s office at 9:30 this morning,” said the couple.
The couple’s been together 28 years and were first in line to get a marriage license in Lane County.
“We were very excited about what was happening. We also wanted to be able to show other people what was going on. It’s a very, very exciting day for a lot of people,” the couple said.
Lane County officials say all it took for the couples to tie the knot was just a small change in the computer system.
“The county is trying to do everything we can to move people through, and we’re helping with this momentous occasion, and we just want to make sure everybody gets what they need and gets it well,” said Ann Marie Levis, Lane County Spokesperson.
“We could’ve gone to California or Washington or any other state to get married, but we wanted to get married in the state that we live in. We want people to know that our love is legal and that we love each other, and it’s important for us to have family and friends know that we’re married and love each other,” the couple said.
The transition wasn’t completely seamless, as a technical glitch delayed the clerks from issuing licenses for a few minutes. But even after waiting hours in line for the piece of paper, couples were all smiles as they crossed the Ts and dotted the Is on their marriage licenses.
“We’re glad we can be married and say this is my husband, and this is my husband,” the couple said.
The Lane County Clerk’s Office closed at 4 p.m. Monday, but it will be open again from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday.