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Bus ride from Kentucky to Illinois brings attention to same-sex marriage laws

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METROPOLIS, Ill. - Whether it's you, a person you're related to, or someone in your neighborhood, there's a good chance you're connected to somebody affected by the complexity of marriage laws in this nation.

Monday, a bus carrying an entire wedding party and a group of activists traveled from Kentucky to Illinois, bringing attention to the state line that separates a place where same-sex marriage is allowed from a place where it isn't. Brides Kristy and Sarah said location shouldn't define whether they're a family.

At Washington Park in Metropolis, there was a song to accompany a marriage ceremony like any other with friends and family, a flower girl, and a kiss to seal the deal. "I think that we're gonna look back on this day and go, 'Wow,'" said bride Sarah Peacock. The only thing that makes this wedding different is that there's no groom and there's the fact that it couldn't have happened where Kristy and Sarah live in Louisville. "We're just like any other opposite-sex family. If only Kentucky would see it that way," said Peacock.

After dating for three years, the brides and their nine-year-old daughter, Lainey, officially became a family Monday afternoon, but they had to do it in Illinois. "Not just our family and friends see us as equal, but at least some part of the law does," said Peacock. It's a part Reverend Maurice Blanchard said is paving the way for equality. "God's love is inclusive, not exclusive. We're all brothers and sisters, and we need to be fighting for each other's rights."

After the wedding ceremony, the two brides then went over to the Massac County Court House where they picked up their marriage certificate. It won't mean anything once they cross back over the Ohio River, but the brides say that wasn't not the point. "What it comes down to is that we're married. We are married in the eyes of God, our family and friends, in the state of Illinois," Peacock said. She and her bride say their family will also hopefully, one day, be recognized in the eyes of Kentucky too.

Southerners for The Freedom to Marry put the bus ride together for Sarah and Kristy. The group has helped about 150 couples get married in 42 counties across the South since 2011.

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