Justice

Twitter Reacts to First Same-Sex Marriage In Rowan County, Kentucky

September 4th 2015

By:
Kyle Jaeger

The office of Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis issued its first marriage licenses Friday to same-sex couples. Davis was not present for the occasion because she is currently in jail after refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses herself on the grounds that it violated her religious beliefs.

Five of the clerk's deputies have agreed to adhere to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage in June. That opened the door for James Yates and William Smith to get a marriage license on Friday. After unsuccessfully attempting to obtain a license from Davis—five times—the two men became the first gay couple to receive one from Davis' office.

"We're just really... happy right now to finally get married and have it recognized here," Yates said as the couple emerged from the courthouse, CNN reported. But Yates isn't the only one feeling the feels.

Here's how people have reacted on Twitter.