Same sex couples in Southern Oregon celebrated their newfound right to marry by rallying in Ashland and then heading straight for their marriage licenses.
Sheryl and Shannon Baird hadn’t shared a last name until Monday. That’s when they became Jackson County’s first legally-wed same-sex couple.
The Bairds had their ceremony in front of a fountain right across the street from the county offices.
Sheryl says it was a special day for many reasons. They’ve been in domestic partnership for two years. “It’s our second-year anniversary so we were able to make it legal today. Happy Anniversary, Honey.”
Southern Oregon residents are showing their support for same-sex marriage — including clergy members who are offering to officiate.
Sheryl and Shannon say it’s a special thing to have their union legally recognized in their home state.
“That’s all we were wanting,” Sheryl said.
“Nothing more, nothing extra. Just equal. Go Oregon,” Shannon added.