Breaking: Utah’s first gay married couple?

Michael Adam Ferguson and J. Seth Anderson may well be Utah’s first gay couple to legally marry in the state of Utah. The couple, hearing that U.S. District Judge Robert J. Shelby has declared Utah’s Amendment 3 as unconstitutional, went to Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen’s office asking for a marriage license.

“Our application for a marriage license was just accepted by the state of Utah,” Ferguson wrote on his Facebook wall.

Deputy Salt Lake County Clerk Wany Morrison was in tears as she handed the couple their license to marry. As the couple was awaiting an officiant, Morrison told the couple she would marry them, but was pulled out of the ceremony by Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, who said he wanted to wait on official notice from the state.

QSaltLake reporter Bob Henline, who is also an official marriage officiant, married the couple on the spot.

St. George couple Marty Pendry and Brian Struthers contacted the Washington County Clerk Kim M. Hafen, asking for a marriage license and was referred to the Utah State Attorney General’s office, who replied, “I don’t feel comfortable answering your question on this,” and referred them back to their county clerk.

When Pendry called back to the county clerk’s office, Hafen said she would be “glad to issue you a marriage certificate.”

“I have not yet been told to release any licenses to same-sex couples,” she said.

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  1. Gretchen Jacob Monson
    December 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Oh how happy! Congratulations!!!!!

  2. Roo Fox
    December 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    Maybe I won't need to move to another state when I get married.

  3. Michael Hipp
    December 20, 2013 at 10:19 pm

    So happy for the young couple and for Utah.

  4. Claudio Pinto
    December 20, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    AMAZING – I can't wait for all the invitations and ceremonies to attend

  5. Dan Humphrey
    December 20, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Here I was thinking Roger and I would have to go to Washington or New York to get married. Maybe we'll just come back to Utah.

  6. Natasha
    December 20, 2013 at 10:41 pm


  7. Steve Gurr
    December 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm

    Come to Washington!

  8. Chuck Anziulewicz
    December 20, 2013 at 10:46 pm

    "Deputy Salt Lake County Clerk Wany Morrison was in tears as she handed the couple their license to marry."

    I HOPE they were tears of happiness for the couple, and not the bitter tears of someone who feels that Gay couples don't deserve the same legal opportunities that Straight couples take for granted.

  9. Issie Is
    December 20, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    love your profile pic

  10. Ray Harwick
    December 20, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Utah Joke Of The Day: "I went on vacation with my parents to Utah and all I got were these stupid four husbands!" Congratulations Utah!!!!!

  11. Jim Stoicheff
    December 20, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Does this mean the couple with the Home Depot proposal can get married in their home state? When will weddings begin?

  12. Chris O’Callaghan
    December 20, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    No! We all vacation to Hawaii for gorgeous ceremony there!

  13. Amanda Bushnell Empey
    December 20, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    She offered to marry them on the spot, so I'd assume it was tears of joy.

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  18. Barbara Barker
    December 20, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    My daughter and her best friend are at the court house now getting married.yes i am so very happy for them.I missed out for being at Costco.

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  20. Bonnie FRench
    December 21, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Congratulations to the happy couple!

  21. Godfrey Hamilton
    December 21, 2013 at 3:16 am

    Heartfelt congratulations !!!

  22. Ray Harwick
    December 21, 2013 at 5:39 am

    Do it Dan!!!

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  24. Suzan Manville
    December 21, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    I just asked my daughter if I'd live to see the day, quite happy I did. It's a great day to be from Utah. Congrats to all of us, but especially those waiting to get hitched. Xmas weddings? Heck yeah,

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