ROCKVILLE, Md. (WUSA) -- Wednesday is the first day that courthouses in Maryland were open for business after the same-sex marriage law took effect on New Year's Day.
Six same-sex couples officially tied the knot Wednesday at the Montgomery County Judicial Center.
"The first day that I could get the license, I ran over here. I work across the street and I ran over here, got the license and they were asking me, 'well, when do you want to get married?' And I was like, 'as soon as possible.' This was the first time and we took it," shared Joe.
Joe and partner Jeff became the first same-sex couple to get married at the Montgomery County Courthouse. They have been together nearly 14 years and they're in the process of adopting their two-month-old niece."
Same sex couples across the state who were married today had less than two months to plan their wedding day. So in Montgomery County, they were cheered on by complete strangers trying to make their day special.
Iris Packman, who supports same sex marriage, said, "It's nice for us to be able to be here and make a party for everyone that's coming through. And I think it's really significant and Maryland is the seventh state to pass marriage equality and I think we're going to see more and more states going in this direction, and I think this is the way the whole country is moving. It's just a matter of time."
"I'm still in shock that it actually happened, at that, it's legal, and it's my best dream come true. I love you. I love you," said Jeff.
Members of the conservative and controversial Westboro Baptist Church protested against these same-sex weddings at courthouses in Annapolis and Baltimore, but none showed up in Montgomery County.