Couple Rushes To Courthouse After Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Jun 26, 2015

The U.S. Supreme Court has legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states.

Justice Anthony Kennedy read the majority opinion at 10 a.m. About a half hour later, Judy Lambright and Danielle Van Brackel were sitting in chairs at the courthouse filling out the paperwork for a marriage license.

Danielle was at home, nursing a cold, when Judy called her with the good news.

“And she just was bursting over the phone, crying,” Danielle said.
“I said, ‘I can’t believe it! I can’t believe they ruled,’” Judy said.

Judy says the two met nine years ago in Yellow Springs during a women’s basketball game.

The Montgomery County Marriage License Bureau was helping same-sex couples fill out paperwork Friday following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision.
Credit Ariel Van Cleave / WYSO

“On Friday nights they play basketball there. And I played basketball and she was there watching and we met through friends,” Judy said.

And while they do have the paperwork, they aren’t officially married. Not yet. But the two women seemed too euphoric to worry about that part right now.

“We’re rolling with it,” Danielle said.
“Yeah, we’re rolling with it,” Judy said.

And Judy says the $55 for that marriage license was the best money she’s ever spent.

“It took all but 10 minutes and it’s just wonderful,” Judy said.
“Now we can make it happen,” Danielle said.
“That’s right.”