After realizing Trump was going to take the election, Ohio residents Loran Marsan and Jolena Hansbarger decided to channel their disappointment into action — by getting married on the front steps of the Athens County Courthouse on Wednesday.
On Tuesday night Marsan was at a work party watching the results come in when she texted her partner, proposing the idea that they should get married the next day if Trump came out on top.
The next morning, the pair texted a few close friends and family to inform them of their plan. They set a time and headed into town to obtain a marriage license with their black Labrador in tow — he would act as the ring bearer.
The crowd consisted of family, friends, and a small group of students. The wife of their roller derby coach acted as officiant.
"It was amazing how much it made everyone else feel slightly less hopeless and a little happy and uplifted," said Marsan.
Mallory Golski, a student in Marsan's media class, attended the ceremony along with other students and created a short video of the special day:
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"People were crying and hugging and just generally being extremely supportive of one another despite the somber vibes that radiated throughout the group," Golski told BuzzFeed News.
"It definitely served as a reminder to everyone there that even though the controversy surrounding our president-elect has generated a lot of negativity throughout the country, everyone still has the ability to join together and demonstrate that love really does trump hate."