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Same-sex marriage celebration scaled down after AG's decision

Sara Weeks, left, and Lori Allen celebrate Friday's Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriages legal. Sara Weeks, left, and Lori Allen celebrate Friday's Supreme Court decision making same-sex marriages legal.
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

Many of those at the Harrison County Courthouse in Gulfport were ready to take the party into the night after Friday's Supreme Court decision allowing same-sex marriages in all 50 states.

But the delay by Attorney General Jim Hood put any kind of official celebration on hold.

The crowd at Just Us Lounge in Biloxi was slim early Friday evening.

But some were still basking in the glow of victory.

“This morning when were in the car going to get the marriage licenses, she was glowing,” said Lori Allen of Lisbon, Ohio, nodding to her fiancée Sarah Weeks. “She was like, my cheeks are... I can't stop smiling. So she was definitely smiling ear to ear. It was a beautiful sight.”

Weeks and Allen have time. Their wedding date is not until April 2016.

Their mantra is one they've had to learn the hard way: patience.

“We've had to push it back by a year,” said Weeks of Ocean Springs. “Now we are just patiently waiting by the wayside, crossing our fingers and counting our blessings and hoping by the time everything passes through that even if we skid by the skin of our teeth, that we've still made it.”

Allen agreed.

“Having friends being supportive and family being supportive you learn how to be patient and take things as they come and not force anything on anybody,” she said. “That's the biggest thing. Everything comes in time.”

Delay or not, there was still an appreciation for the moment, and the future.

Former Gulfport resident Bridget Estrada, has marriage on the radar, just not right now.

“I was really concerned about having to figure out where am I going to live, you know, to get married,” she said. “Do I have to get papers to move to this place to make it legal. And now, if this stays legal where everyone's legal to get married, I feel like I don't have to worry about that. I'm more comfortable and content.”

Josh Hill of Gulfport also has just one more worry off his plate.

“I have a boyfriend in the Navy, we planned on getting married,” he said. “We assumed we were going to have to go back home or something but, now we don't have to.”

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