As the only couple in line Friday morning, Julie Fey and Dottie Pippin waited anxiously, hoping the metal doors to the marriage license windows at the Mobile County Probate Office would open for the first time in nearly four months.
“I was a little shocked. I thought they’d be open. I hope there’s no last ditch effort to keep the windows closed. I hope that with the supreme court’s ruling, the windows would open and Judge Roy Moore would stand down,” Fey said as they waited.
As they sat patiently, other same-sex couples who came for support grew frustrated as the minutes turned into hours, and the doubt crept in as to whether or not Mobile would lift their ban on marriage licenses so quickly.
“We have a SCOTUS decision and a license department not open yet. I don’t get it. There’s no reason,”Milton Persinger said as he held a sign that said, “America is ready for the freedom to marry.”
Just as the words left his mouth, the clanking of the metal doors to the marriage license counters echoed throughout the lobby and they opened for business two hours after the Supreme Court ruling.
Julie and Dottie stepped up to the counter, elated to finally make their marriage official. “It’s just an awesome feeling that I’m not a second class citizen anymore, and I can marry the person that I love,” Pippin said
“We got engaged in September. We came down here and the Roy Moore decision came down on a weekend, and we came down on a Monday to get our marriage license and the windows were closed. Then, the federal court reaffirmed their decision, and we came back down and the windows were closed again. This is our third time and third time’s a charm,” Fey said.
Throughout the day the office issued 15 licenses, according to an employee, and the majority of them were to heterosexual couples.