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Taylor Nash and Kelly Martinelli, both 21, Loganville residents. Getting married in Gwinnett at 1 p.m. followed by a ceremony at the Sonesta Hotel in Duluth.

Nash and Martinelli will have their dream wedding in January, at DeKalb County’s historic courthouse. But now they won’t have to go out of state beforehand to make it legal.

Supreme CourtThe couple camped out at the Gwinnett County courthouse Thursday, hoping for a positive decision. They left disappointed, Nash said, when same-sex marriage wasn’t ruled on. On Friday, the couple was euphoric.

“It’s an overwhelming feeling,” Nash said. “We’ll be able to tell our kids one day that the Supreme Court gave us the go and we went and stood up for what we believe in.”

Nash and Martinelli have been engaged since April. While a family friend said people have been coming up to the couple, congratulating them and asking for autographs, both said not everyone has been so supportive.

Last night and this morning, some people have called them animals, Nash said, while Martinelli said others have told the couple they are going to hell.

“My family’s not participating at all,” Nash said. “It hurts me.”

But Martinelli said the Supreme Court ruling helps to show them that nothing is impossible.

“The more people push down on us, the stronger we get,” she said. “It’s very emotional. …We feel like we’ve been trapped, and now we’re finally free.”

— Filed By Arielle Kass

 


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