Friday, 26 June 2015 17:58

Stow Couple: "It's Like I Won The Lottery"

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John Marshall, 66, (right) and James Neilsen, 65, (left), both of Stow, apply for a marriage license at the Summit County Probate Court. John Marshall, 66, (right) and James Neilsen, 65, (left), both of Stow, apply for a marriage license at the Summit County Probate Court. Credit: WAKR's Amani Abraham

A Stow couple has waited 31 years for this day.

"It's like I won the lottery," said 66-year-old John Marshall.

Marshall couldn't hold back the tears while explaining the meaning behind getting a marriage license to legally tie the knot with his partner, 65-year-old James Neilsen.

"It's just like all of your life you've been denied something that you know in you heart is right," said Marshall. "And finally the door swings open."

According to the Summit County Probate Court, Marshall and Neilsen were the first male couple to recieve their marriage license in Summit County.

Marshall called it a historic day -- breaking down barriers and giving same-sex couples equal rights.

Within a two hour period, four couples applied for a marriage license Friday afternoon.

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