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Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued in Wichita County for the First Time

The Wichita County Courthouse has issued their first same-sex marriage licenses.

According to Wichita County officials, two female couples and one male couple have applied for their marriage licenses.

The issue of same-sex marriage licenses follows the United States Supreme Court’s decision that legalized same-sex marriages throughout the nation.

Last Friday, Wichita County Clerk Lori Bohannan told initially told Newschannel 6 that until they got a directive from the Attorney General, the Wichita County Courthouse wouldn't be issuing any same sex marriages licenses. Her office cited that their system isn't set up to issue same-sex nuptial documents.

However, later that afternoon, it was confirmed that employees at the Clerk's office were given permission to alter the wording in the licenses, and would begin issuing them to same-sex couples the following Monday. 

According to the Wichita County website, there are several steps when applying for a marriage license:

The cost of the marriage license is $82.00.

Both applicants must be over the age of 18. If not, the parent(s) that have custody must come with the applicant(s) and provide a valid form of ID

Both applicants must provide valid forms of identification. Such as a Drivers License/State issued ID card, Passport  or a Military ID card.

 Both applicants will also need to provide their social security numbers and places of birth (city/county/state -or- city/country, if outside the U.S.)  

There is a 72-hour waiting period from the time when a couple purchase the license, until they can get married.  If one/both of the applicants are Active Duty Military, the waiting period is waived. 

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