Early Monday morning saw the first same-sex couples married in the state of Alabama. After last month's federal district court ruling that the state's unequal limitations on same-sex couples were unconstitutional, the Heart of Dixie effectively became the 37th state to pass marriage equality.
It was an important victory, a beautiful victory, and one worthy of celebration.
But there are still those waiting for their license.
Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore has ordered clerks and probate judges to ignore the Supreme Court's ruling. The New York Times reports that more than 50 of Alabama's 67 counties are refusing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the ensuing confusion.
A federal hearing has been set in the hopes of resolving the issue.
"This is a happy day for all of these couples, and if you can't be happy for people, then I'm sorry. If someone can't understand the joy and happiness of others, then I don't know what else I can say," Jefferson County probate judge Alan L. King told The New York Times.
In honor of the newlyweds, the people of Huntsville, Alabama, put together a video portrait of the beautiful couples tying the knot. Just try to keep your eyes dry.