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Same-sex marriage applications begin to trickle in at Forsyth County Probate Court
Jordan Woody

CUMMING — As of Tuesday morning, at least two same-sex marriage applications had been filled out at Forsyth County Probate Court, an official said.

The applications and ensuing marriage licenses come in the wake of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that immediately legalized same-sex marriage anywhere in the nation.

However, more Forsyth couples may have tied the knot, as they could have driven to neighboring Fulton or Gwinnett counties, where people lined up as soon as the ruling was announced Friday.

Five of the nine Supreme Court judges made the majority ruling in the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, immediately enacting legal marriage of any two people in any state, with those previously performed in another state being recognized everywhere else.

Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens released a memorandum to all state agencies and departments by noon Friday to restate the ruling in simpler terms.

He reiterated the new nationwide law that marriages between any two people must be accepted and that state employers must include any marriage in benefits and other practices, including retroactively.

On Friday, Forsyth County Probate Court Judge Lynwood D. Jordan Jr. said paperwork was ready at the local office, with couples being able to use forms that say “Applicant 1” and “Applicant 2” as opposed to bride and groom.

The ruling impacts residents’ ability to marry and receive spousal benefits, such as health insurance and end-of-life decisions, but does not impact private business or statewide equal employment laws or any religious freedom laws.

According to the local probate court, 1,168 marriage applications were submitted last year.