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Jose Lopez-Mercedes and Steven Fenn, Jr., had this special day planned three years ago.
So when the United States Supreme Court ruled late last month that backers of Proposition 8 — a ballot initiative that barred same-sex marriage in California — had no legal standing to appeal a lower court decision overturning the ban, the two Anaheim men began searching through emails they'd sent to each other to help them remember what they'd wanted in the past and plan for their wedding.
Saturday was Fenn and Lopez-Mercedes' day, and 75 loved ones joined them at Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church in Costa Mesa to help the couple celebrate.
The church, which refers to itself as "a welcoming community encompassing different cultural backgrounds, lifestyles, and religious perspectives" on its website, offered free same-sex weddings Saturday.
Fenn and Lopez-Mercedes' wedding was the first same-sex ceremony at Orange Coast since the U.S. Supreme Court's decision, said Orange Coast Unitarian music director Beth Syverson, who wed Jan Mabie on the steps of the Old Orange County Courthouse in Santa Ana soon after the ruling.