Same-sex couple speaks out about denied marriage license

In Montgomery County, the same-sex couple that was denied a marriage license by the town clerk, due to her religious beliefs, spoke out at Wednesday's town hall meeting.

Posted: Aug. 8, 2018 10:46 PM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 12:50 AM

The Town of Root office building holds 80 people, that was at full capacity Wednesday night as at least one hundred people came out to support Thomas Hurd and Dylan Toften.

They were denied a marriage license by the town clerk because they are a same-sex couple.

Officials in the Town of Root said Laurel Eriksen's decision not to issue a license to Hurd and Toften was because the couple hadn't made an appointment.

But the town's attorney also acknowledged that Eriksen said she has mentioned her personal and religious objection to same-sex marriage.

Town officials didn't allow video taping at Wednesday's public meeting and because the building reached full capacity our crew was unable to go inside.

After the meeting Hurd and Toften spoke about the incredible support they've received and what they want to happen going forward.

"Beyond words," said Toften. "This is not something I ever wanted to have happen. I didn't want it to get to this point ever. All I do have to say is seeing the people around me right now, it shows just how strong our community really is and it just takes my breath away, beyond what people inside there hate. I hope the board, the town board or Ms. Eriksen makes the right decision and steps down."

Eriksen was present at Wednesday meeting but snuck out the side so our crew was unable to ask her any questions, the town supervisor had no comment as he left the building.

The couple says they've talked to a lawyer and if no changes are made filing a suit is a possibility.

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