Mason same sex newlyweds happy, proud, relieved

Jun 29, 2015

Lee Chaney and Dawn Chapel of Mason became the first couple in Ingham county to be married following Friday’s same sex marriage ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.


The Ingham County Courthouse has been busy with same sex marriage ceremonies since last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
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Dawn Chapel and Lee Chaney of Mason have the distinction of being the first same sex partners to be legally wed in Ingham county after Friday’s Supreme Court ruling making it legal. They were married at 10:20 a.m. last Friday, less than an hour after the high court’s ruling was announced.

Their ceremony was followed by many others. By Friday evening, Ingham County had issued several dozen marriage licenses to same sex couples, according to a tweet from County Clerk Barb Byrum.

Current State talks with Chaney and Chapel. They've been together for 14 years. It’s the second marriage for both.