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Jan Mabie and Beth Syverson sat outside the courthouse in Santa Ana about 6:30 a.m. Monday, waiting for a marriage license.
By 8 a.m., Mabie, dressed in a green shirt and slacks, and Syverson, who painted her toenails different colors of the rainbow for the occasion, were one of the first couples to wed at the Old Orange County Courthouse after the 9th District Court of Appeals lifted the state's ban on same-sex marriages last week.
The couple were accompanied by the Rev. Sarah Halverson of Fairview Community Church of Costa Mesa — who sported smiley face earrings and rainbow-colored espadrilles — Laura Kanter and Archer Altstaetter, both active in the marriage-equality movement.
Last week Syverson, who is the music and choir director at the Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church, and Mabie held a religious wedding ceremony on the steps of the courthouse after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that backers of Proposition 8, a ballot initiative that prohibited same-sex marriage in California, had no standing to appeal a lower court decision overturning the ban. For now, the pair will keep their maiden names, but they hope to change their last name to Parker.