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The American flag flies next to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 11, 2015. The U.S. Supreme Court is poised to issue blockbuster rulings on same-sex marriage and health care with both rulings due by the end of June as the court finishes its nine-month term with its traditional flurry of major opinions. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The American flag flies next to the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, June 11, 2015.Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Darryl Gosnell canceled his doctor’s appointment Friday morning after the Supreme Court ruled that same sex couples across the nation can marry.

He and his partner of 13 years, Andrew Wise, instead got dressed in matching grey vests and bow ties and headed from their Scottdale home to the DeKalb County Courthouse.

Just after lunch, they became the third same-sex couple to apply for a marriage license there.

They were being wed Friday afternoon by a Magistrate judge – and already had the grey gold wedding bands they bought, just in case.

“We’ve been waiting 13 years for this day,” Gosnell said. “Our relationship has already lasted longer than some straight-couple marriages, and we want to show that with hard work and dedication, marriage works.”

The pair celebrated their actual 13th anniversary Monday, at a family funeral in North Carolina.

“It’s a nice surprise for us to do this the week of our anniversary,” Gosnell said.

“It protects us in so many ways we want, Wise added.

The couple considered getting married in a state that previously allowed the unions, but decided to wait for the day it would be legal in Georgia.

 

“We are both from North Carolina, but we set our roots here,” Gosnell said. “It’s important to be recognized in the county where we live and it will be special every time we go by the courthouse in Decatur.”

 

— Filed by April Hunt

 


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