In major county seats like Birmingham, Montgomery and Huntsville,
gay couples lined up outside courthouses as they opened, and
emerged smiling, licenses in hand, after being wed by clerks or by
the judges themselves.
At the Jefferson County Courthouse here, Judge Michael G. Graffeo
of Circuit Court officiated, at times tearfully, at the civil
wedding of Dinah McCaryer and Olanda Smith, the first to emerge
from the crowd of same-sex couples who lined up Monday morning. “I
now pronounce Olanda and Dinah are married spouses, entitled to
all rights and privileges, as well as all responsibilities,
afforded and placed upon them by the State of Alabama,” Judge
It’s a good day.