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A Queer Couple Decided To Get Married Right After They Found Out Trump Won The Election

"This was an act of love and protest and we encourage others to do what they can."

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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.

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Marsan, a professor at Ohio University, told BuzzFeed News that while she and her partner had discussed marriage in the past, they had never felt strongly about getting "that state stamp of approval." The fear that their lives might change under a Trump administration spurred them into action.

Trump would not be able to revoke marriage equality on his own. He has the power to appoint conservative justices to the Supreme Court who could do so, though those chances are slim.

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.

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"I was losing hope very quickly and then Loran asked me if I wanted to get married tomorrow," Hansbarger, an artist and entrepreneur, told BuzzFeed News. "We had talked about getting married before, but only for a really good reason. I knew that text was real as soon as I saw it."

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.

"I was excited and overjoyed," Hansbarger said of her emotions during the public ceremony. "Her teary eyes made me cry and made me happy."

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"It was amazing how much it made everyone else feel slightly less hopeless and a little happy and uplifted," said Marsan.

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"That definitely made me feel really good too, that our wedding was indeed useful and served a larger purpose for our queer and liberal communities in Athens."

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."

"We both want to make sure we continue to protest and contribute to the battle against bigotry," Marsan said. "Not just in terms of marriage equality, but trans rights, immigration reform, and job and housing discrimination."

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"Love WILL trump hate," the couple added. "We can all do this together and lift each other up as long as we support each other."

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