It’s almost been one full week since the Supreme Court made a landmark decision to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states–
–But how many same-sex couples have seized the opportunity– and applied for marriage licenses since last Friday?
News 3 reached out to probate offices from surrounding counties to find out.
News 3’s Courtney Cole spoke with Judge Lee DeLoach of Bulloch County and he said it’s been relatively quiet at the courthouse since the decision–which isn’t exactly the type of response a lot of people expected.
Judge DeLoach said so far, only two same-sex couples have come in to apply for their marriage licenses.
And he says although the application process isn’t daunting or discouraging–he says he thinks many thinking of applying don’t want to be hasty in making such a major legal decision…
“It’s new to everybody and they’re trying to decide if this is something that they really want to do or not. because if they entered into a formal marriage and it didn’t work out for some reason, they’d have to go through the process of divorce and maybe that’s something they haven’t decided they want to do yet,” said Judge DeLoach.
The judge also mentioned that despite the lack of applicants, he wants anyone who’s thinking of applying to know that they are welcome and will be treated with a great deal of respect.
We also contacted four other counties to find out their same-sex marriage application totals:
-Effingham County: 0
-Bryan County: 0
-Liberty County: 2
-Chatham County: 4-5 couples have applied every business day since last Friday.