Diana Rister and Amy Grigg are the first same-sex couple to legally get married in Washington County.
Rister and Grigg tied the knot as the doors opened at 8 a.m. Monday morning (May 12) at the Washington County Clerk’s Office.
“It’s a lot I mean we have such a small window this morning because I know they’re going to put a stop to it as soon as they can,” Rister said.
Rister and Grigg told 5NEWS they arrived at the clerk’s office around 2:30 a.m. to make sure they were the first ones in line. They’ve been together for 14 years.
Grigg listed what she felt, “just relief and happiness, speechless.”
Several other couples arrived at the clerk’s office in the hours following, all to make sure they could say ‘I do’ and get legally married as well.
Washington County was one of seven counties named in the Marriage Equality Lawsuit Wright v. The State of Arkansas. According to Justice of the Peace Candy Clark, that ruling means Washington County is now legally obligated to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples.
Clark said the newly-weds will qualify for several benefits.
“Insurance, death benefits, inheritance, medical rights, all of the things that a lot of people take for granted but same sex couples don’t have and never have had until today in this state,” Clark said.
This, after a circuit judge in Pulaski County struck down a ban on same-sex marriage Friday (May 9) that had been in place since 2005.
To get a marriage certificate, each person must have their photo ID. They must also pay $60.