Inyo County Clerk Kammi Foote conducted the first two civil wedding ceremonies in the County Clerk’s office recently. One of the same-sex couples was Belinda Maria Crnich and Charity Ann Winsor. The women told Clerk Foote that they came to Independence to get married because of the significance of the name of the town to their special day.
Also, the second couple married in the Clerk’s office was Wayne Myers Hume and Eugene Donovan. They have been together for 26 years.
Both couples agreed to sharing their special day with local media. These marriages follow a decision last month by the California Supreme Court to deny the Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriages. This ruling followed the U.S. Supreme Court’s order – also against Proposition 8.