Viewfinder: First same sex marriage license in La Paz County issued

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“I can barely believe this day has come,” said Lindee Woody as she entered the La Paz County Superior Court complex on Kofa Avenue in Parker, AZ.

Woody and her partner of more than 14 years Cherre Hooper say they have been waiting for this day for many years. “Literally my whole life I could only imagine this as a possibility,” Lindee said. “It was just so out of the question. Today is a historic day for many of us who have been waiting for such a long time.”

Friday was that landmark day for many couples around the state who were lining up at court clerks’ offices in anticipation of the ruling that makes Arizona the 31st state in the union to get marriage equality. On the same day, the federal government announced it is extending legal recognition of same-sex marriage to another 5 states, with more to come.

“It is impossible to express how much this means to us. We could have done this in other states, but, to walk into our La Paz County offices and receive equal treatment in regard to our relationship is all we have ever wanted. We have been asked many times why we didn’t just get married somewhere else and the answer has always been twofold. Our marriage in another state would not have been recognized in Parker and, much more importantly, Parker is our home. We’ve raised our kids here, own our home here and love the community here. We are so happy. Really a dream come true. Thanks everyone that wanted this for us. We have always felt your support. No date set yet but… we now can and will be married!”

-Lindee Woody

Court clerk Megan Spielman led the couple in their oath while employees watched history take place in their office. Tears and smiles were all Lindee and Cherre could muster at times as they duly paid the appropriate fee for the document that had eluded them for so long.

They say they will wait to have a ceremony until their family can be there.

Parker Live has heard from other couples in La Paz County who intend to tie the knot also. Photos via Melissa Wright Photography.

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35 comments

  1. Fabian Castro

    Now that is a deserving couple !
    God bless America!

  2. Danielle Hendrix

    Congratulations Cherre and Lindee!!! ❤️❤️❤️

  3. Joseph Poirier

    Bekka Poirier Alexis Poirier look who is it 🙂

  4. Michelle Gonzales Mackay

    Omg!!!!! I’m so happy for you both!!!!!!

  5. Lisa Lucas

    Congrats to you both, what a wonderful day…

  6. Hailey Cartwright

    Yay! Congrats to you two ❤️

  7. Rosanna Pena

    Congratulations;) they are both awesome ladies 😉

  8. Sarah Marie Pool

    Finally one of the most deserving couples! Congratulations ladies

  9. Lisa Shelton

    Yay Cherre and Lindee!!!

  10. Chelle Costabile

    Congratulations Lindee and Cherre!

  11. Dani Bull

    Don’t know either of them but congrats!

  12. Aimee Stires

    How awesome!!!! Aly would be so happy!!!

  13. Stacey Shute

    Congratulations Cherre and Lindee!!! Way to go Parker!!

  14. Nana Gillaspy

    Congrats! Wishing you a long and happy life! Don’t know you but that doesn’t matter.

  15. Rhonda Cooper

    Congrats!!! To u both. I dont know u but I think its awesome!!!

  16. Vicki Kennerson

    Congratulations to both of you

  17. Ellen Woodring

    Congrats to both of you 🙂

  18. Heidi Crutchfield Vesely

    Congrats! So happy for you both!!!! 🙂

  19. Congratulations tot he both of you. I’m hope you have many more happy years together.

  20. Let ‘s do this again-
    Congratulations to the both of you. May you have many more years happy years together.
    Gloria Dean

  21. Congratulations! Have an even more wonderful, happy life.

    From a “neighbor” down the river in Blythe, CA.

  22. WTG!! Girls!! Congrats to you both!! And may you have many more wonderful years together married. It was a long time a coming!!
    From: Alicia, my mom Pamela and daughter Sarah

  23. Sharon Butters

    Happy for Cherre and Lindee. 🙂

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