These First-Ever Same-Sex City Hall Weddings Will Melt Your Heart

Photographed by Bonnie Burke of Bonnie & Lauren Photography.
It's become a familiar phenomenon — a state legalizes same-sex marriage and a rush of long-partnered couples dash out to city halls and county clerks offices to make official the relationship they've had for years (or decades!) But, with Friday's Supreme Court ruling making marriage equality a right nationwide, we're seeing that rush for the last time.

Across the country — in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Texas — couples will be allowed to marry beginning as soon as Friday morning in some states and stretching into next week.

Photographer Bonnie Burke set out in Austin, Texas yesterday to photograph the one-of-a-kind scene at City Hall Friday, as couples swarmed the scene to apply for licenses — along with friends, supporters and well-wishers.

Click ahead to get a taste of the scene. Love is legal!

Photographed by Bonnie Burke of Bonnie & Lauren Photography.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke of Bonnie & Lauren Photography.
Shannon, 38 (left) and Catherine, 38.

Catherine and Shannon pose with their freshly issued wedding certificate — and their daugthers.

"We've been waiting for this day for a long time," Shannon says. "We're so glad our girls could see it," adds Catherine.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke of Bonnie & Lauren Photography.
Sherry, 37 (left) and Sha-Ni, 34

Sherry and Sha-Ni have been together for five years. When we met them, they were heading out to get some pre-marriage pizza — while they waited for their number to be called.

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Photographed by Bonnie Burke of Bonnie & Lauren Photography.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke of Bonnie & Lauren Photography.
David, 54 (left) and Scott, 50

David and Scott have been together for 18 years and tied the knot today!
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke of Bonnie & Lauren Photography.
"We're over the moon" David said. "We never thought it would happen in our lifetime."
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke of Bonnie & Lauren Photography.
Hank, 30 (left) and Ayla, 26

Hank and Ayla didn't get married Friday, but they are engaged. In the midst of planning their wedding, they felt like they had to come out and support.

"Gay in the USA!" Hank beamed.

"I have that last day of school feeling — restless, excited and giddy!" Ayla said.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke of Bonnie & Lauren Photography.
Kristin, 27 (left) and Gracie, 25.

Kristin and Gracie aren't a couple, just two friends who came out to show their support. (Kristin in a tee that reads "I don't fucking care if you like it")

"It's about fundamental rights," Gracie said.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke of Bonnie & Lauren Photography.
Delia, 11

Delia, a student, came out with her mom and brother to show her support — and wore her rainbow-colored donuts pants specifically for the occassion.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke of Bonnie & Lauren Photography.
"Love is love!" Delia said.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke of Bonnie & Lauren Photography.
A supporter holds the a gay rights flag and flowers.
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke of Bonnie & Lauren Photography.
The rice was flying!
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Photographed by Bonnie Burke of Bonnie & Lauren Photography.
A happy crowd came out to show their support.
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