“These photos follow Catherine Simonsen and Laura Rivera from the steps of the probate court in Atlanta, through their marriage application process, then on to the Assembly Hall of the Fulton County Government Center where a mass wedding was held. Cath and Laura met on Match.com about 15 months ago. Cath was about ready to give up on online dating services, but had not given up yet. Their first date was a 9 a.m. Yoga class on a Sunday morning. After class they had lunch together and talked for two or three hours.
The other day, Laura was listening to NPR and heard about the Supreme Court decision. She called Cath to tell her about it. The two had been tossing around the idea of marriage, but had made no plans. When Cath heard that there was going to be a mass wedding in downtown Atlanta that day, she asked Laura if she wanted to get married that day. So the proposal took place over the phone. Laura was hesitant at first, because she wanted her whole family to be able to share in the joy. So Cath told Laura to call her parents to see if they could make it. When they found out Laura’s parents were willing to drive from Conyers to come, Cath and Laura decided to head to the courthouse with their closest friends.”