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Jul 1, 2013 6:58 PM by Keli Moore, KSBY News

Central Coast same-sex couples say "I do"

Many same-sex couples in California said "I do" on Monday. The Ninth Circuit Court lifted the hold on marriage licenses for all.

"I pronounce you married under the law of California," said Rev. Rod Richards, who was conducting marriages at the County Clerk-Recorder's Office in San Luis Obispo.

"We have waited a long time," said Milt Carrigan and John Alongi, who got married in San Luis Obispo Monday.

Since the passage of Proposition 8, same-sex couples in California have been unable to get married, but after last week's Supreme Court decision striking down Prop 8, the wait is finally over.

"I never thought this day was going to happen," said Alongi.

Dozens of couples said I do, in both San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties including Jenny and Amy Tool, who have been watching the Supreme Court with baited breath.

"I dreamt this day would come," said Amy Tool. "It was a long month of June watching the Supreme Court make a decision."

"We have been waiting a long time and we missed it last time, and we did not want to miss it again," said Leslie Lambert and Francis Leili, a couple who has been waiting 18 years to get married. "It's very exciting because you feel that there are many others like you who have wonderful relationships and want to make it legal."

Opponents and proponents of same-sex marriage agree on one thing, that the fight is not over. In fact, same-sex marriage is still illegal in 37 states.

Beginning Tuesday, civil marriages will return to the usual by-appointment-only at the San Luis Obispo County Clerk-Recorder's Office.

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