Same-sex couples celebrate historic day in Madison County

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – Jessica White and Eleanor Shue are married, and they both say they didn't expect to see this day come so soon in Alabama.

"I honestly thought we'd be 49 or 50, not 37 years old," said Shue.

Monday, same-sex marriage became legal in Alabama.  Shue and White said they have been waiting for this day their entire lives and they weren't going to miss it for anything. The couple lined up in front of the Madison County Courthouse at 4:00 a.m.

It was a special day for the newlyweds, but perhaps even more special for Eleanor's daughter, Lita,  who can now be legally adopted by Jessica.

"I feel happy, we're all equal and together," said Lita.

There were dozens of couples lining the halls of the Madison County Courthouse on Monday, waiting to marry their partners. For Leann Cooper and April Presley, this day was 16 years in the making.

"We're elated, surprised, overwhelmed, we really don't know how to deal with it yet," said Presley.  "It [hasn't] sunk in yet."

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