NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Mayoral candidate Megan Barry performed the first wedding for a same-sex couple in Nashville Friday afternoon just hours after the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is allowed in all 50 states.
Prior to their brief wedding ceremony, the two women, Nicole Von Haeger and Lauren Mesnard, arrived before marriage licenses were distributed to same-sex couples at noon.
After announcing couple as married, Barry hugged each of the women.
A second couple’s wedding, also performed by Barry, was held shortly after the first.
And Al Gregory and Toby Sturgill were the first same-sex couple in Williamson County to receive a marriage license.
Sturgill’s Facebook page says they plan on being married Saturday morning at the Pride festival’s equality walk.
In Wilson County, a Mt. Juliet couple was the first to get a marriage license in that area.
Late Friday morning, Governor Bill Haslam released a statement regarding the Supreme Court’s decision that read, “The people of Tennessee have recently voted clearly on this issue. The Supreme Court has overturned that vote. We will comply with the decision and will ensure that our departments are able to do so as quickly as possible.” See photos of same-sex couples marrying across the U.S.
Earlier in the day, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean said, “I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that same-sex marriage is now legal in Tennessee. I joined Mayors for the Freedom to Marry last year because I believe all people should be treated fairly and equally and that everyone’s individual dignity should be respected. Welcoming and supporting people of all backgrounds and beliefs make our city stronger.”