Caddo Parish issues first marriage license to same-sex couple

Published: Jun. 30, 2015 at 2:22 AM CDT
For Troy Foster and Cassidy Jennings, getting married has been years in the making.
For Troy Foster and Cassidy Jennings, getting married has been years in the making.

CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - Hand-in-hand, two longtime Caddo Parish residents received the clerk of court's first marriage license to a same-sex couple Monday afternoon.

"We are going to get married, yes indeed. Finally, finally!" Troy Foster and Cassidy Jennings said to each other at the clerk of court's office.

For Foster and Jennings, getting married has been years in the making.

"I saw him and I fell in love and said 'that's who I want to spend the rest of my life with,'" said Jennings and explained that was two decades ago. Now, 13 years into their relationship, they are the first same-sex couple to get a marriage license in Caddo Parish.

"I guess it all hasn't sunk in yet," said Foster. 

"No, it is like a whirlwind," said Jennings.

The license process went smoothly, with one exception: the certified copy of the license needs to be reprinted to include signature spaces for same sex couples.

The couple was assured the certified copy would be reprinted soon and they would then be able to pick it up. But the issue didn't phase the couple, "I love you," they told each other upon receiving their license. 

Though they don't know them, Ariella "Jersey" Ortiz and Tifany Robins are happy for Foster and Jennings. Ortiz and Robins got married in New Jersey last July.

"When you know, you know," Ortiz said of her wife Robins.

The couple got married more than 1,000 miles away, not thinking they'd have the option at home.

"I didn't even think it was going to be this soon at all, didn't think it would be for another 10 years," said Ortiz.

Though already hitched, the licenses issued locally means a lot to them.

"For me personally, I'm just excited I can change my last name to my married last name," said Robins.

While Ortiz and Robins celebrated their marriage in a grand way with a ceremony and reception, Foster and Jennings are more low key and don't have big celebration plans. 

Foster and Jennings will have to wait 72 hours for their marriage to be official by getting their license signed.

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