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Latah County same sex couple ties the knot

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LATAH COUNTY, Idaho- "It's real, it's completely real when I say my wife now," says Katherine Sprague.  She and her, now wife, Tabitha Simmons were the first couple married in the state of Idaho.

"My mind was reeling. It didn't seem real. We waited so long and I didn't think it was going to make any substantial difference to me, but I discovered the next day that I did feel different," says Sprague.

When the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the gay marriage ban on Friday, Sprague and Simmons wasted no time. Sprague says that an attorney friend of hers sent a text message telling them to get to the court house. But while Washington has had same sex marriage legal since 2012, the plan was always to wait.

"We decided several years ago, that if we ever got married, it would be in our home state, that we were unwilling to compromise," says Simmons.

Today, married, their life goes on as normal. The two spent the day, much like they do everyday, working in the comic shop they both own in Moscow, Idaho. Sprague says the store is the longest relationship she's had, other than Simmons. And while it may just be a store, for others in the LGBT community, it's a place of peace.

"We are supportive and a lot of people just feel comfortable here," says Simmons.

And while the last two days have been nothing but marital bliss, others are left waiting. Latah county was one of the only counties that immediately began issuing marriage licenses. Other counties, like Kootenai, say they're waiting on approval from the 9th circuit court of appeals.

"We've been waiting a long time, 'let's let them get married', I think were the attitudes," says Katherine.

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