T.H. woman: “I’m grateful to get married to the person I love”

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) A little after noon Wednesday, the Hoosier State’s law against same sex marriage was struck down. What began as an ordinary Wednesday, turned into the most important day of one Terre Haute couple’s life.

The flowers, the smiles, and the pictures are all memories that will last a lifetime for Donnica and Nikki Barrett of their wedding day.

“I can remember we started dating in high school and it was such a tough relationship to try and maintain and now everything is changing so fast,” Nikki said.

In the blink of an afternoon, Indiana’s long standing ban on gay marriage was struck down. Still it took a friend to bring this day together.

“I opened up Facebook and saw that it was unconstitutional in Indiana and Nikki and I work together and we’d talked before,” Friend and Witness Amber Lashbrook said. “So I saw that and I texted her, I texted them both and I said, ‘Hey it’s unconstitutional in Indiana when are we getting married?’”

“I texted (Nikki), she was at work and I said ‘You need to get home now! I need to marry you! stat!’” Donnica explained.

They were off on a mad dash that brought them to the Vigo County courthouse. It might not be the chapel they dreamed about, but it would have to do.

The two tied the knot in a courtroom similar to the one that made this day possible.

“It’s great to be a part of their day,” Lashbrook said. “But its just fantastic to see them together for real like everyone else is getting to be.”

A contract sealed with a kiss and then for the first time in Vigo County a same sex marriage signed on the dotted line.

“It’s historic,” Nikki Barrett said. “I’m very grateful to finally have the right to get married to the person that I love. We’ve been waiting a long time for that right.”

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