Gay couples marry in Phoenix

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By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver
By Christina O'Haver By Christina O'Haver

PHOENIX -- Once a federal court decision cleared the way for gay marriage in Arizona, it didn't take long before the first gay marriage licenses were issued.

Many couples who tied the knot told us they waited years for this day, some saying they weren't sure if they'd ever see the day.

And now they are getting ready for more weddings Saturday at the Rainbows Festival, a Phoenix Pride event at Heritage Square Park. They are planning a mass wedding with more than 40 couples.

And now that gay marriage is legal in Arizona, the marriage licenses here in Maricopa County have already been reworked to have three options people can check: bride, groom or spouse.

Jeanie Ronne and Kathy Grant were among the more than 70 same-sex couples who raced to downtown Phoenix to get married on the first day it was legal. All day long there was a steady stream of weddings from the clerk's office to city hall.

The Gilbert couple was among the last to have their ceremony because they waited for Grant's daughter to get off work so she could be a witness.

They've been together for more than six years and had done a commitment ceremony in Italy, but they had always wanted to get married where they lived.

"We didn't want to go to another state and then come back here and then it's not legal," Ronne said. "Then it's kind of like a slap in the face."

Grant added, "We live here. We want to get married here and be recognized here. We're just so happy."

Grant said she never thought she would see this day in their lifetime.