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45 Moving Moments From The First Days Of Marriage Equality In Utah

After a judge struck down the state's ban on equal marriage rights for same-sex couples Dec. 20, thousands rushed to get married across Utah, while the state's governor continued his fight to halt the marriages in court.

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1. Michael Ferguson and his husband Seth Anderson were the first same-sex couple to get married in the state of Utah, shortly after the Friday ruling in Salt Lake City.

4. Many more couples received licenses and married on the spot, like Kim Hackford-Peer and her spouse Ruth Hackford-Peer with their 7-year-old son at their side.

22. Ogden County Clerk Ricky Hatch said that county officials warned him that staging a special opening for same-sex couples to receive marriage licenses may violate constitutional guarantees of equal protection.

23. But on Monday morning, after an appeals court denied Gov. Gary Herbert's request for an emergency halt to same-sex couples’ marriages, thousands of couples rushed to get married.

24. Gage Church and Tim Sharp kissed after becoming one of the first same-sex couples to legally marry in Utah's Weber County on Monday morning.

38. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill announced to the crowd that marriages can continue after a judge denied the governor's appeal to halt them in court.

43. But some couples had been waiting for this day longer than others, like Joyce Lewallen and her partner of 20 years, Lecia Johnson.

Tony Merevick reports on national LGBT news for BuzzFeed. He has covered LGBT community news and politics since 2010 and joined BuzzFeed in 2013.

Contact Tony Merevick at tony.merevick+DONE@buzzfeed.com.

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