Gay couple gets marriage license in Fulton County after Supreme Court ruling

Within minutes of the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide, Emma Foulkes and Petrina Bloodworth of Atlanta received the first marriage license for a gay couple in Fulton County.

Marriage in Fulton County

Emma Foulkes, left, and Petrina Bloodworth of Atlanta get married in the Fulton County Courthouse as their son Raimus Foulkes watches at left, on June 26, 2015. The couple has been together for ten years. Theirs was the first same-sex marriage licensed in Fulton, and it occurred only minutes after the Supreme Court’s decision legalizing same-sex marriage in all states. (DAVID WICKERT / DWICKERT@AJC.COM)

The couple, who have been together for 10 years, obtained their license at the Fulton County Probate Court, then waited outside Judge Jane Morrison’s chambers for a formal ceremony.

As other states legalized same-sex marriage, the couple considered getting married elsewhere. But when they learned the Supreme Court would weigh in, they decided to wait on Georgia.

“You’re so nervous,” Foulkes told her partner as they filed out their marriage license application. “Look at your signature.”

Read more about this couple from AJC reporter David Wickert

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