Boone County issues same-sex marriage licenses

2 years 10 months 3 weeks ago Friday, June 26 2015 Jun 26, 2015 Friday, June 26, 2015 12:00:00 PM CDT June 26, 2015 in News
By: Lee Anne Denyer and James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producers

COLUMBIA - The Boone County Recorder of Deeds began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples Friday morning. The move followed the U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision banning states from disqualifying same-sex couples from legal marriage.

Sarah Perry and Beth Perrin were the first same-sex couple to be married in Boone County Friday.

The Boone County Recorder of Deeds office was handling phone calls all morning of same sex couples applying for their marriage licenses. The license costs $51 cash or $52.50 credit card. Couples must bring valid identification if they wish to apply. 

Couples with a license can then head to the courthouse to be married. There were two judges on standby Friday for same-sex couples who wish to marry. 

Recorders for Callaway, Montgomery and Saline Counties said they both expected to begin issuing licenses Friday as well. They both said they are waiting to hear from the attorney from the Recorders' Association of Missouri.

Jan Jones, the President of the Recorders Association of Missouri, said the Supreme Court's ruling would take effect 25 days after the ruling, but there is no restriction barring implementation before then.

Jones said the recorders association recommended all recorders review their current procedures in context of Friday's Supreme Court ruling and act accordingly.

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to include information from the Recorders Association of Missouri.]

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