Mass wedding held at Civic Plaza

Posted at: 08/27/2013 6:47 PM
Updated at: 08/28/2013 8:30 AM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

For the dozens of couples who shared in a mass wedding on Civic Plaza Tuesday afternoon, the day wasn't about politics – it was personal.

"With the power invested in me by the state of New Mexico -- at last -- to pronounce you married," a judge said.

Wendy Foxworth and Paula Getz waited decades to hear those words.

"I cried many, many years for not being able to have this moment and so to have this moment was just phenomenal," Foxworth said.

Today was the first time Bernalillo County same-sex couples could have their marriages recognized by the state of New Mexico.

"It was an affirmation of everything we've gone through we've been married for 40 years and it's like... finally we can be qualified," Foxworth said.

They were also recognized by clergy from several faiths.

"The majority of our congregation supports same-sex marriage, we still have people who don't, but that's not the issue. It's the right thing to do," Rabbi Harry Rosenfeld said.

By the end of the day, 130 couples had requested licenses.