September 4, 2015 4:00 pm -


As the second gay couple to get a marriage license since clerk Kim Davis went to jail, they endured slurs hurled at them.

Tim Long and Michael Long, obtained a marriage license from Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis’ office Friday morning.

As they got their license, two demonstrators inside the office called them “perverts.” Joe Davis, Kim Davis’ husband, muttered “disgrace” and walked out.

“Just turn your backs,” said one of the couple’s supporters. Those included a pair who came from Louisville to hand out flowers to clerks and couples.

Outside, the Longs said they had a commitment ceremony in 2008, and Michael Long had his name changed. But they wanted to be legally married in their home county, and after being denied once, they held up their license to a circle of reporters before heading back to work.

“We feel like we are accepted, like everyone else,” Tim┬áLong said, calling the day “very significant” for equal rights.

Even the protesters’ words “don’t hurt as bad, because love wins,” Tim┬ásaid.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.