Texas same sex couple tie the knot
POSTED: Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - 9:30am
UPDATED: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - 5:24pm
El Paso, TX (KTSM) — As of right now, there are only 17 states in the country including the District of Columbia that have legalized same sex marriage.
In New Mexico there have been more than 700 same sex marriage licenses issued by the Dona Ana County and more than half of those are out of state couples according to Lynn Ellins, Dona Ana County Clerk.
On Tuesday, a Houston couple traveled to Ardovino's Desert Crossing Restaurant in New Mexico to exchange their "I Do's."
Jeff Robertson and Jeremiah Pyant have finally tied the knot in the Land of Enchantment, but because they live in Texas, where same sex marriage isn't recognized, their marriage won't be legal when they return home.
"We really waited for this day for a really long time, so for it all to come together and the way it happened, it's almost overwhelming but so gratifying at the same time," said the Groom, Robertson.
Robertson and Pyant were one of 400 couples who entered a nationwide contest sponsored by the American Civil Liberties Union called "My Big Gay Illegal Wedding.
This Houston couple and 4 other won the contest and each received $5,000 to help plan a wedding in a state that recognizes same sex marriage, and Robertson and Pyant chose New Mexico.
"We have to fight the fight and spread the word that love is love and let our love show and let others show regardless of whoever you are, everyone should have the same benefit to marry anywhere in the United States," said Pyant.
This couple got more than they expected.
After an emotional ceremony, and a photo shoot at the Ardovino's Desert Crossing at sun rise, they hopped in a helicopter and flew over the state line.
It was a symbolic gesture, just like their marriage, hoping to show that borders can't come between the love two people share.
The next step for the newlyweds is a trip to New York City for their wedding reception.
That's where all five couples who won the contest will meet for the first time.
Ardovino's Desert Crossing is planning on hosting a bigger similar event in the upcoming months.