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Same-Sex Couples Wed In Weekend Wedding Ceremony

Posted at 9:48 PM, Jul 05, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville's Scarritt Bennett center hosted an open call for same-sex couples to get married this weekend. They said they only wished more people showed up.

Three couples showed up to the event billed as "Freedom to Wed" on Sunday, offering same-sex couples a legal wedding ceremony, complete with cake, photos and a reception for $350 per couple.

Folks at the Scarritt Bennett center said they didn't know exactly how many same-sex couples would show up to get married during the event, but they said nonetheless they were proud to take part in such an historic event.

“We had no idea what the turnout was going to be today,” said Kayla Bowen with the Scarritt Bennett center. “We didn't know if it was going to be a line out the door or not. I know a lot of different factors are involved in the turnout.”

Organizers said they think some of those factors included same-sex couples not wanting to wait to get married at Sunday's event, and instead going immediately to the county clerk's office.

“This is a great day,” Bowen said. “We're pleased that we had three couples, but we'd be pleased if we had a line out the door as well.”