Four same-sex couples marry in Bibb County on Friday

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Dozens of same sex couples rallied today in front of the Bibb County courthouse after a historic decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. The move to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states is being felt right here in Middle Georgia.

How do you define joy?

“Just to be looked at the same,” one same-sex couple says.

“It’s a very emotional day,” says another.

Maybe with a hug, a kiss, or even a shout to the heavens.

More than two dozen people felt that joy on Friday as the U.S. Supreme Court announced gay and lesbian couples in all 50 states have the right to get married.

“We stand on the shoulders of those people who fought so long and hard and would really love to be here today,” Jane Darby says.

Governor Nathan deal shared his thoughts on Twitter — saying while he believes the decision should be decided by the states, Georgia will follow the laws set by the country.

State Attorney General Sam Olens agreed.

While the decision is a monumental one, several churches still won’t hold same sex weddings in their chapels.

“The sacrament of marriage is between one man and one woman that’s defined by sacred scripture and the tradition of the church,” Father Allan McDonald says.

The pastor at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Macon says he’s a traditionalist.

“We’re not Walmart, we’re not looking to please customers, we’re not trying to please the modern trends of the culture,” McDonald says.

“This does not control or mandating that an individual perform something that is against their personal religious beliefs. This is clearly a state issue that’s only been addressed at least on the decision that has come down now,” 41NBC Legal analyst James Davis says.

Despite those who are opposed, same-sex couples are celebrating.

 “Relief. Security for me and my family. We’ve been together 11 years and having a son it’s security for my family,” Brandi Smith says.

She married her wife Tiffany in Iowa in 2009 and now have a young son.

Perhaps the biggest winners of the day are the ones not old enough to understand.

“When he’s sick or if he’s at the doctor. Not having to worry about he we would be able to both go back their at the same time or be able to be with him that’s also a relief as well,” Brandi says.

Relief…another way to define joy. It’s safe to say there’s a lot joy here.

Several couples say they got married in other states and lived in georgia for years and they’re excited to have the marriage recognized. Four same-sex couples had their marriage licenses signed Friday in Macon.

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