Brevard Clerk Issues 25 Same Sex Marriage Licenses
By Tyler Winik // January 7, 2015
same-sex marriage ban ended at midnight
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The Brevard County Clerk of Courts Scott Ellis released a statement Monday about the issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples on the Space Coast.
Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage ended at midnight and the clerk of courts began issuing marriage licenses and performing weddings in the morning hours.
“As of 5 p.m. this evening, the Brevard County Clerk of the Circuit Court issued 43 total marriage licenses, 25 of which to same-sex couples,” said Ellis in a statement.
“Eleven ceremonies were performed by deputy clerks, with the first same-sex marriage in Brevard County being performed by a deputy clerk at our 400 South Street location just pass 8:15 a.m. In addition to ceremonies, the couples were offered commemorative certificates signed by friends or deputy clerks as witnesses to their special day. Deputy clerks even participated as witnesses on the marriage licenses themselves and took photos for the happy couples on the couples’ cell phones.”
According to Ellis, the daily average for marriage licenses during December 2014 was approximately 21, with five ceremonies performed each day.
“A total of 431 marriage licenses were issued in December, and our office performed 99 ceremonies,” said Ellis.
The Brevard County Clerk of the Circuit Court is the keeper of all the court records in the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit for Brevard County.
The Clerk is the comptroller, county recorder and clerk to the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners. Ellis was elected Clerk in 2012 after having previously served as Clerk from 2001 – 2010.
For more information call 321-637-5413 or log on to BrevardClerk.us