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Same-sex couples flock to S.L. County offices in wake of Amendment 3 decision (35 photos)

By McKenzie Romero, Deseret News

Published: Saturday, Dec. 21 2013 11:09 a.m. MST

Jim Dabakis and his partner, Stephen Justesen, are married by Salt Lake City Mayor, Ralph Becker as hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional.

Jim Dabakis and his partner, Stephen Justesen, are married by Salt Lake City Mayor, Ralph Becker as hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

State Sen. Jim Dabakis and his husband, Stephen Justesen, are married by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker as hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in the Salt Lake County offices after a Federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional.

State Sen. Jim Dabakis and his husband, Stephen Justesen, are married by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker as hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in the Salt Lake County offices after a Federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Julie Hall and her wife, Babs De Lay, celebrate their marriage. Hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional.

Julie Hall and her wife, Babs De Lay, celebrate their marriage. Hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker hugs state Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Utah, prior to performing a marriage ceremony between Jim and his partner, Stephen Justesen. Hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker hugs state Sen. Jim Dabakis, D-Utah, prior to performing a marriage ceremony between Jim and his partner, Stephen Justesen. Hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Jim Dabakis and his husband, Stephen Justesen, embrace after being married by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker as hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional.

Jim Dabakis and his husband, Stephen Justesen, embrace after being married by Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker as hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

State Sen. Jim Dabakis and his husband, Stephen Justesen celebrate after being married by Salt Lake City Mayor, Ralph Becker as hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional.

State Sen. Jim Dabakis and his husband, Stephen Justesen celebrate after being married by Salt Lake City Mayor, Ralph Becker as hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker marries Amber and Kimberly Leary in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker marries Amber and Kimberly Leary in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker marries Lucinda Bateman and Peggy Tomsic as their son Marcelino Tomsic-Bateman watches in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker marries Lucinda Bateman and Peggy Tomsic as their son Marcelino Tomsic-Bateman watches in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

State Sen. Jim Dabakis and his husband, Stephen Justesen, embrace after being married by Salt Lake City Mayor, Ralph Becker as hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in the Salt Lake County offices after a Federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional.

State Sen. Jim Dabakis and his husband, Stephen Justesen, embrace after being married by Salt Lake City Mayor, Ralph Becker as hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in the Salt Lake County offices after a Federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Jesse Milner-Barraza, 4, lights a candle during the wedding ceremony of his parents, Tony Milner and Matt Barraza, at the United Church of Christ in Holladay on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Barraza and Milner have been together for 11 years and have been raising Jesse since the day he was born.

Jesse Milner-Barraza, 4, lights a candle during the wedding ceremony of his parents, Tony Milner and Matt Barraza, at the United Church of Christ in Holladay on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Barraza and Milner have been together for 11 years and have been raising Jesse since the day he was born. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

State Sen. Jim Debakis addresses those in the crowd who were unable to receive their marriage licenses as the county clerk's office closed for the night in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

State Sen. Jim Debakis addresses those in the crowd who were unable to receive their marriage licenses as the county clerk's office closed for the night in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Deputy Salt Lake County Clerk Dahnelle Burton-Lee notifies those outside the county clerks office that the office is closed for the night and that they let all the people who arrived by 5 p.m. for marriage licenses to continue through, after the announcement of a federal judge ruling that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Deputy Salt Lake County Clerk Dahnelle Burton-Lee notifies those outside the county clerks office that the office is closed for the night and that they let all the people who arrived by 5 p.m. for marriage licenses to continue through, after the announcement of a federal judge ruling that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Couples get their marriage licenses processed inside the Salt Lake County clerk's office after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Couples get their marriage licenses processed inside the Salt Lake County clerk's office after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

State Sen. Jim Debakis tries to convince Salt Lake County Sheriff's Capt. Kendra Herlin to let those who arrived late to still obtain a marriage license from the county clerk's office after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

State Sen. Jim Debakis tries to convince Salt Lake County Sheriff's Capt. Kendra Herlin to let those who arrived late to still obtain a marriage license from the county clerk's office after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

A Salt Lake County sheriff's deputy closes the county clerk's door for the night as many came to receive their marriage license after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

A Salt Lake County sheriff's deputy closes the county clerk's door for the night as many came to receive their marriage license after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

The crowd cheers after Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker married state Sen. Jim Debakis and Stephen Justesen in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

The crowd cheers after Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker married state Sen. Jim Debakis and Stephen Justesen in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Jesse Milner-Barraza, 4, lights a candle during the wedding ceremony of his parents, Matt Barraza and Tony Milner, at the United Church of Christ in Holladay on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Barraza and Milner have been together for eleven years and have been raising their son Jesse since the day he was born.

Jesse Milner-Barraza, 4, lights a candle during the wedding ceremony of his parents, Matt Barraza and Tony Milner, at the United Church of Christ in Holladay on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Barraza and Milner have been together for eleven years and have been raising their son Jesse since the day he was born. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

Matt Barraza and Tony Milner get married at the United Church of Christ in Holladay on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The Rev. Tom Norberg officiates. Barraza and Milner have been together for 11 years and have been raising their son Jesse since the day he was born four years ago.

Matt Barraza and Tony Milner get married at the United Church of Christ in Holladay on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The Rev. Tom Norberg officiates. Barraza and Milner have been together for 11 years and have been raising their son Jesse since the day he was born four years ago. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

In this 2004 file photo, eople attend a Provo rally in support of Amendment 3. U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby struck down Utah's Amendment 3 — which defines traditional marriage as the union of a man and a woman— Friday, finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment.

In this 2004 file photo, eople attend a Provo rally in support of Amendment 3. U.S. District Judge Robert Shelby struck down Utah's Amendment 3 — which defines traditional marriage as the union of a man and a woman— Friday, finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

The lobby outside the Salt Lake County clerk's office was filled with people looking to get their marriage license despite the doors closing two hours later than normal business hours for the day, after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

The lobby outside the Salt Lake County clerk's office was filled with people looking to get their marriage license despite the doors closing two hours later than normal business hours for the day, after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Kody Partridge and her wife, Laurie Wood, talk to the media following their marriage. Hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional.

Kody Partridge and her wife, Laurie Wood, talk to the media following their marriage. Hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Ryan Child and Zach Tomney are all smiles as they get married by the Rev. Curtis Price of the First Baptist Church at the County Clerks Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. A federal judge Friday struck down Utah's Amendment 3  which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman  finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment.

Ryan Child and Zach Tomney are all smiles as they get married by the Rev. Curtis Price of the First Baptist Church at the County Clerks Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. A federal judge Friday struck down Utah's Amendment 3 which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

A couple embraces after being married in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

A couple embraces after being married in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

State Sen. Jim Debakis holds up his marriage license with his soon-to-be husband, Stephen Justesen, at his side in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

State Sen. Jim Debakis holds up his marriage license with his soon-to-be husband, Stephen Justesen, at his side in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Jordan Smith gives state Sen. Jim Debakis a hug before Debakis is able to marry his soon-to-be husband, Stephen Justesen, in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Jordan Smith gives state Sen. Jim Debakis a hug before Debakis is able to marry his soon-to-be husband, Stephen Justesen, in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies stand in line to mark the end of the line for those whose marriage licenses will be processed for the day as the line continues behind them after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Salt Lake County sheriff's deputies stand in line to mark the end of the line for those whose marriage licenses will be processed for the day as the line continues behind them after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

State Sen. Jim Debakis listens as his husband, Stephen Justesen, answers questions after being married in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

State Sen. Jim Debakis listens as his husband, Stephen Justesen, answers questions after being married in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Matt Barraza and Tony Milner get married at the United Church of Christ in Holladay on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The Rev. Tom Norberg officiates. Barraza and Milner have been together for 11 years and have been raising their son Jesse since the day he was born four years ago.

Matt Barraza and Tony Milner get married at the United Church of Christ in Holladay on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The Rev. Tom Norberg officiates. Barraza and Milner have been together for 11 years and have been raising their son Jesse since the day he was born four years ago. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

Kathy Leslie, left, and Rebecca Swain hug and cry after getting married at the County Clerks Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. A federal judge Friday struck down Utah's Amendment 3  which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman  finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment.

Kathy Leslie, left, and Rebecca Swain hug and cry after getting married at the County Clerks Office in Salt Lake City on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. A federal judge Friday struck down Utah's Amendment 3 which defines marriage as the union of one man and one woman finding that it violates rights to due process and equal protection as set forth in the 14th Amendment. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

Matt Barraza and Tony Milner get married at the United Church of Christ in Holladay on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The Rev. Tom Norberg officiates. Barraza and Milner have been together for 11 years and have been raising their son Jesse since the day he was born four years ago.

Matt Barraza and Tony Milner get married at the United Church of Christ in Holladay on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. The Rev. Tom Norberg officiates. Barraza and Milner have been together for 11 years and have been raising their son Jesse since the day he was born four years ago. (Laura Seitz, Deseret News)

Laura Fernandez, in black, embraces her new wife, Chantel Buhler, after being married by the Rev. Curtis Price as 4-year-old Kayson Buhler averts his eyes in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Laura Fernandez, in black, embraces her new wife, Chantel Buhler, after being married by the Rev. Curtis Price as 4-year-old Kayson Buhler averts his eyes in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional.

Hundreds turn out to obtain marriage licenses Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional. (Scott G Winterton, Deseret News)

Diana Smith fills out a marriage license on the back of Karen Brinkerhoff outside the Salt Lake County clerk's office after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Diana Smith fills out a marriage license on the back of Karen Brinkerhoff outside the Salt Lake County clerk's office after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

A couple embraces after being married in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

A couple embraces after being married in the Salt Lake County offices after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

The halls are filled with people lined up to get their marriage license outside the Salt Lake County clerk's office after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

The halls are filled with people lined up to get their marriage license outside the Salt Lake County clerk's office after a federal judge ruled that Amendment 3, Utah's same-sex marriage ban, is unconstitutional on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)