The first same-sex couple to be denied a marriage license by Kim Davis finally tied the knot on Saturday after fighting the anti-gay Kentucky county clerk for nearly 4 months.
April Miller and Karen Roberts were one of three couples who filed a lawsuit against Davis that resulted in her being sent to jail.
Miller and Roberts had only one rule for their guests at their wedding: don’t mention Kim Davis. Said Roberts, “This is about us and our wedding.”
Miller and Roberts, a couple for 11 years caring for a disabled daughter together, got a license the next day, issued by a deputy clerk who agreed to sign them in Davis’ absence. The couple, who still had to return the license to the clerk’s office for recording, worried about what might happen once Davis got back to work. So they scrambled together a private wedding, alone at their home, the following Thursday.
Roberts said it was not how she imagined her wedding would be. So they held a second ceremony Saturday in a reception hall at the Pines at Sheltowee in Morehead and invited 125: friends, family and dozens of people they met just four months ago, on the courthouse lawn outside Davis’ office. […]
The people packed into the room around them jumped into a standing ovation. They all wore matching rainbow buttons that read #LoveWins.
At the reception, the couple also acknowledged the friends they made along the way fighting for their civil rights in the face of Davis’ bigotry. “It’s been an amazing journey and we’d like to thank all the people who stood with us from June 30 to today,” Miller said. “This is your party too.”
The couple’s legal suit against Davis is not over, however, and is likely to drag on for months.
Watch video of the ceremony below: