Same-Sex Marriages Begin in Fairfax County

Yvonne Landis and Melodie Mayo was married by Rev. Laura Horton-Ludwig of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fairfax. (Photo via Facebook/UUCF)Same-sex couples were married in Fairfax County Monday afternoon after the Supreme Court denied appeals from five states — including Virginia — seeking to ban the unions.

LGBT rights supporters in Northern Virginia celebrated the decision online and at Fairfax Circuit Court as the first same-sex couple began applying for a marriage license at about 1 p.m.

The 4110 Chain Bridge Rd. courthouse set up ropes as they expected a flood of couples to apply for marriage licenses, according to The Washington Post.

Information on marriage licenses and how to register wedding officiators had been updated on the courthouse’s website as of Monday afternoon. The court’s Twitter account gave tips on what forms to use and a reminder that cameras cannot be used inside.

Yvonne Landis and Melodie Mayo of Falls Church were the first couple to marry at Fairfax Circuit Court, the Post reported.

“I’m just really excited,” Landis said. “We always said we are waiting for Virginia. We wanted it to be legal here.”

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