First same-sex couple gets marriage license in EBR Parish

First same-sex couple gets marriage license in EBR Parish
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A funeral director and lighting store manager were the first same-sex couple to be issued a marriage license in East Baton Rouge Parish.

Kenneth Parker, 43 and Scott Kirkland, 47, "rushed" to the East Baton Rouge Clerk of Court location on Coursey Blvd.

"We'd much rather do it here where we were born and raised and with our family and friends," Kirkland said. "Last weekend we almost eloped to Florida, because we were tired of waiting."

Clerk of Court Doug Welborn said that he met with other leaders in his office and made the decision to start issuing licenses starting at 1 p.m. Monday.

Within a few hours, three couples had applied for licenses.

"We have no problem with issuing the license and why wait 25 days when we know the courts have already ruled in favor of the decision," Welborn said. "The only thing the 25-day period gives is the right to appeal."

Same-sex couples will follow the same process as heterosexual couples and have to wait 72 hours to actually use the license unless that wait period is waived by a judge.

The clerk's office was working to correct forms which only have a place for a bride and a groom.

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