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Same sex couples marry as first licenses issued in Louisiana

Alesia LeBoeuf and Celeste Autin are the first same sex couple in Louisiana to get a marriage license (FOX 8 photo). Alesia LeBoeuf and Celeste Autin are the first same sex couple in Louisiana to get a marriage license (FOX 8 photo).
Michael Robinson, 41, and Earl Benjamin, 39, of New Orleans, were married Monday in Orleans Parish Civil Court (FOX 8 Photo) Michael Robinson, 41, and Earl Benjamin, 39, of New Orleans, were married Monday in Orleans Parish Civil Court (FOX 8 Photo)
Earl Benjamin fills out paperwork to get his marriage license in Jefferson Parish. Bride is crossed out and replaced with "Groom 2." Earl Benjamin fills out paperwork to get his marriage license in Jefferson Parish. Bride is crossed out and replaced with "Groom 2."
JEFFERSON PARISH, LA (WVUE) -

Jefferson Parish has issued the first same-sex marriage license in the state of Louisiana.

The license was issued to two West Bank women around 10:30 a.m. Monday on advice of Clerk of Court Attorney Jon Litchfield. The clerk's office made the decision despite an advisory from the Louisiana Clerk of Courts.

Celeste Autin and Alesia LeBoeuf, who are court employees, received the first license. Celeste and Alesia are high school sweethearts and have been together for 38 years.

Earl Benjamin and Michael Robinson also got a license. They were the first same sex couple to get married in Orleans Parish a short time later. The two men have lived together since 2001.

The Louisiana Clerks of Courts initially advised Louisiana parishes against issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples until all "legal necessities are in place."

There is a 25-day rehearing period for Supreme Court decisions.

Immediately after the Supreme Court's ruling on Friday, same-sex couples living in Louisiana traveled to the offices of their parish clerk of court to obtain a marriage license. Despite the Supreme Court's ruling, many were turned away.

Louisiana becomes the last state to issue a same-sex marriage license in the United States. Mississippi stopped officials from issuing marriage licenses to gay couples after three licenses were already issued.

The Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court had issued four marriage licenses to same sex couples by 2 p.m.

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