It's a historic moment for Butte County, and an especially happy one for two Gridley women. Today Nanci Hernandez and Sharie Rodriguez are the first same sex couple to get married since the Defense of Marriage Act and Prop 8 were struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court. The couple couldn't wait to tie the knot after last week's ruling, and were so excited they camped out in the parking lot outside the county clerk's office last night to make sure they were the first ones in line. As soon as the doors to the office opened this morning, the pair filled out their marriage license, and as luck would have it there happened to be an ordained minister in the building to make it official.
"This is great. It's something that we didn't really think was going to happen that quick. So we're really excited about that," says Hernandez.
With DOMA being ruled unconstitutional, the couple can now enjoy the same federal benefits as heterosexual married couples. Although only a few family members were able to attend this morning, the pair is planning a big commitment ceremony for everyone in August.