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Friday, June 26, 2015 - 10:46am

Georgia Equality Calls Supreme Court Ruling On Gay Marriage "National Victory"

In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States.

In reaction: Jeff Graham, the Executive Director of Georgia Equality, issued this statement:

"The United States Supreme Court has ruled in favor of the freedom to marry across the nation. It’s a national victory – and it means that soon, thousands of loving, committed couples throughout the United States – including our state of Georgia – will be able to say “I do” and at last be respected under the law.

Click here to see more information on events that are happening around the state of Georgia today.

We know there’s more work to do to win equality for LGBT people in our state – and we are committed to continuing the fight and pushing until our entire community is treated equally.

Today, we can celebrate one huge step toward that beautiful future. We’re so happy to be celebrating this historic decision with you.

We know you have questions about what this national ruling means for Georgia, so click here, and we’ll bring you all of the up-to-date information as we learn it! You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

In celebration – and congratulations.

ATLANTA (AP) — A court in Atlanta has started marrying gay couples after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Georgia's ban on same-sex marriage.

Fulton County Probate Court Clerk James Brock said three gay couples have received marriage licenses. Brock said one of those couples, Petrina Bloodworth and Emma Foulkes, were wed in a ceremony Friday morning. They were the first gay couple to be married in Fulton County. Georgia was one of 14 states where a ban on same-sex marriage existed. Friday's ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court means Georgia will have to stop enforcing its ban.