They had planned to wed last year in Washington, D.C., but pushed the date back and decided to hold the ceremony in Middletown, four days after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted the ban on same-sex marriages in Ohio and 12 other states.
Sims admitted she was nervous before, during and after the short ceremony.
“We have been through our trials and tribulations,” she said. “But we will make this work.”
As Dixon, performing his first wedding, nervously read instructions off a sheet of paper, the two women held hands. He asked if they had wedding rings to exchange and they said they didn’t. They were called spouses, not husband and wife.
Later, as the two women stood in a hallway outside the courtroom, they were asked why they chose to get married after living together for years.
“It’s official,” Estell said. “It’s permanent.”
Estell said this was her first and last wedding.
Then Sims interjected: “Your only.”
To the ceremony, Estell wore a flowered dress, while Sims wore blue jeans and an untucked white shirt.
Estell said she was attracted to Sims because of her smile, her eyes, her heart. Sims called Estell the dominant, aggressive one in the relationship.
They plan to remain living in Middletown and possibly buying a home.
They were asked what they would tell those who disagree with same-sex marriage. Estell spoke up first: “Only God can judge me at the end of the day.”
Then they joined hands and walked out of the City Building, a married couple for the first time. But first Sims remembered what she learned a few minutes before.
“We were married by a gay man,” she said. “That was cool.”