LGBT

The Love Story Behind Alabama’s First Legally Married Same-Sex Couple

When Tori Sisson and Shanté Wolfe first met on the floor of an apartment party, they had no way of knowing they were on their way to making history — together. Shanté Wolf shares her side of the story with BuzzFeed News.

1. Tori Sisson and her partner, Shanté Wolfe, became the first same-sex couple to get married in Montgomery, Alabama, on Monday morning.

AP Brynn Anderson

3. “It felt like the first time for me,” 21-year-old Shanté told BuzzFeed News about the moment she saw her girlfriend and recited her vows outside the Montgomery County Courthouse.

“I saw her in her outfit while we were outside at the courthouse and we said our vows. I was just taken aback because I get to wake up to that every morning.”

AP Brynn Anderson

5. The couple spent the night in a tent outside the courthouse in hopes they would be among the first couples to file a marriage license. “It’s surreal, it still hasn’t hit me yet,” says Shanté.

AP Brynn Anderson

7. “All that night people would come by and drop off candy and drop off water. There was one couple that patrolled the block to make sure we were OK.”

AP Brynn Anderson

9. BuzzFeed News spoke with Shanté to hear her side of the events that led up to this “magical, overwhelming, and humbling” day:

AP Brynn Anderson

11. The couple first met at an apartment party over two years ago. They had no way of knowing that one day they would live in that same apartment as a married couple.

“We’ve been playing this subconscious game of cat and mouse for seven years. My sister went to her alma mater and actually my sister stayed at her old apartment. Literally, we’ve been a step behind each other for years,” says Shanté. “We met for the first time and I asked her a million and one questions.”

AP Brynn Anderson

13. At that party, the group played an icebreaker game where everyone picked an adjective to describe themselves using the first letter of their first name. And so, Subtle Shanté and Tornado Tori met for the very first time.

“I honestly did that just to get her attention […] I didn’t know if I would meet her again,” says Shanté.

AP Brynn Anderson

15. A month later, after a few other brief interactions, Tori asked if she could “kidnap” Shanté – code for: Can I take you on a date? “Obviously it worked out: We were camped out all last night” jokes Shanté.

.

AP Brynn Anderson

17. The couple actually held a commitment ceremony a year ago this very month, but still wanted the legal protections of a marriage ceremony.

AP Brynn Anderson

19. “A lot of people said, ‘Why don’t you go to New York,’ or wherever. We weren’t going to pack up and move umpteen miles just to get a license, only come to back to Alabama. We said, ‘We are going to stay.’”

AP Brynn Anderson

21. Their advice to couples still waiting to be married? “Don’t give up the fight; it’s not over.”

23. Shanté and Tori plan to hold another ceremony with friends and family who weren’t able to come down on such short notice. They are also in the process of planning a honeymoon.

Check out more articles on BuzzFeed.com!

Sarah Karlan is the Deputy LGBT Editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
Contact Sarah Karlan at sarah.karlan@buzzfeed.com.
 
  Your Reaction?
  REACT WITH GIF
 

    Contributions

    More News

    More News

    Now Buzzing