A wedding for the history books

By Kelsey Gibbs | kgibbs@wcia.com

Published 08/14 2014 05:46PM

Updated 08/14 2014 06:29PM

SPRINGFIELD -- It's one for the history books. A special first-of-its-kind wedding took place at the state capitol. WCIA-3'S Kelsey Gibbs explains why this one was symbolic.

"I wouldn't change this day for the world."

Eric Homa and James Wyatt have been together for 20 years. In that time, they decided it was "I do" to marriage, and "I don't" to a civil union.

"Well, I'm an attorney and I just didn't want to go that route. It's, to me, one of those things that, if we didn't have the marriage, then it just didn't make a lot of sense."

With same-sex marriages now legal, the couple skipped the courthouse and chose the Statehouse for their ceremony.

"In the vows, she was discussing the part about Abraham Lincoln. We were talking about it out front. This is something that potentially, because if he were alive today, he probably would have been at the forefront of it just as well."

The wedding was the first of its kind to be held in the Lieutenant Governor's office.

"I officiated a wedding. What a great day and maybe the most positive thing to ever happen in my office and for your it's a real thrill."

A gesture, Lieutenant Governor Shelia Simon says is symbolic.

"It really is symbolic particularly for a couple who's been together for 20 years to finally be able to get married. It's obviously long overdue in their lives, long overdue for the state."

Homa and Wyatt hope couples in all 50 states can soon enjoy the excitement they are.

"So this will be here for awhile. It's not just going to go away magically, but the law will change. It will be legal in all 50 states soon."

Two reasons the couple chose to get married Thursday; the date falls on their 20th anniversary and it coincides with the fair, a family tradition.

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