Couple celebrates same-sex marriage ruling with two weddings
Wednesday's court ruling allowing same sex marriage was deeply personal for many couples in Indiana. One couple invited Eyewitness News to the religious ceremony they held to mark the occasion.
Tim Overmyer and John Spurgeon held a simple ceremony with monumental meaning, tucked under a canopy of trees.
"You have come here today to seek the blessing of God and his church upon your marriage," said an Episcopal priest. "We give you thanks for John and Tim and the covenant of faithfulness that they have made."
"How do we feel?" asked Overmyer. "Ecstatic!"
"Excited. It's exhilarating," said Spurgeon.
Because even though they've been together for 20 years, Overmyer and Spurgeon couldn't get married.
"In our hearts we were already married, but it's so great to be recognized," said Spurgeon.
To be absolutely sure it was official, they did it twice.
After waiting in line for more than three hours alongside hundreds of others at the Marion County Clerk's office, they tied the knot - officially and legally.
"I joyfully declare that you are spouses for life," said Marion County Clerk Beth White, who officiated the civil ceremony. "You may kiss in celebration!"
The civil ceremony and a religious one in a single day, with the single hope that this becomes the norm.
"It's just something that everybody who loves each other and cares about each other can do," Overmyer said.
Like so many weddings, this one included a champagne toast and the day will be cherished for many different reasons.
"We were planning on going to Illinois just to have a wedding, but now to be able to do it in our home state, it's huge. We've lived here all our lives, this is the way it should be!" Spurgeon said.