Three same-sex couples marry Sunday in Norfolk

Sarah and Alexis Scarborough marry at MJ's Tavern in Norfolk, Va., six days after the Supreme Court let stand appeals that would ban gay marriage in the state. (WAVY)

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – Sarah and Alexis Scarborough walked down the aisle at MJ’s Tavern in Norfolk Sunday afternoon. They exchanged vows six days after the Supreme Court decided to turn away appeals that would ban gay marriage in Virginia.

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The couple, who have been together for four and a half years, were close to tying the knot in a different state. Although, when they heard the Commonwealth was close to making some changes, they decided to wait a little longer.

“I thought this would be the last of the 50 states,” said Alexis Scarborough. “It being a southern state. Just the way the politics here kind of are.”

The high court’s order denying appeals from five states seeking to prohibit same-sex marriage made gay marriage legal around 1 p.m. on Oct. 6. The announcement caught many couples off guard.

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10 On Your Side spoke to two women who were cleaning their house on Monday when they saw the announcement on Facebook. Dallas Cosner said her wife saw the post “and the next thing I know, she’s screaming ‘We can get married!’”

Gov. Terry McAuliffe  signed an order directing state agencies to accommodate same-sex marriages last Tuesday. He then became the first Virginia governor to preside over a gay marriage when he officiated the wedding of a lesbian couple on Friday.

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Lucille Vogel and Laura Bush were also at MJ’s Tavern Oct. 12. Like the Scarboroughs, they chose to wait because they wanted their wedding to be in the Commonwealth as well.

“We were getting kind of worried that it would never happen,” Bush said. “We’ve struggled for this.”

Three couples decided to tie the knot at MJ’s Tavern. One couple said their next steps would be enjoying married life, and then looking into adoption. With last week’s ruling, both spouses are legally able to adopt a child together in Virginia.

Visit WAVY.com’s dedicated page on gay marriage in the state

 

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