Marriage equality activist to wed her partner in Fresno County following landmark ruling

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) -- Gay couples across the country are celebrating another shot at marriage. This time they don't have to rush to the altar. The decision is final. The Supreme Court has cleared the way once and for all for same-sex marriage.

A local marriage equality activist, who took her battle all the way to the nation's Capitol, is celebrating on the eve of her wedding. The finishing touches were being made Friday at the Fresno County home where hundreds will be celebrating the wedding of Robin McGehee and Karen Johnston.

"The beautiful thing is that we won. Had we lost, it would have been a totally different feeling setting all of this up," said McGehee.

"I've got people helping setting up chairs. We're getting all the decorations done. We've spent six months getting ready for this day," said Johnston.

McGehee has fought for years for equality and the right to legally marry in every state. Her wedding will now be an extra special celebration for everyone who attends.

"The people that are coming to the wedding, the celebration that's going to take place, it's going to be even more grander because we really are getting a dignity as human beings about the people that we love and the relationships that we represent," said McGehee.

Last year, McGehee officiated over a wedding in San Francisco for her friends Sandy Winslow and Kathy Paule. But they live in Tennessee, and their marriage wasn't legally recognized back home until Friday.

"Today when we got the news we were like 'we're married at home.' It's incredible," said Paule.

The summer wedding will be complete with a photo booth, equality props for guests to pose with and beverage koozies with the slogan "Get Equal."

"And then the jazz band is going to lead us like in a New Orleans-type wedding march along the path, and we're going to take a big group photo down on the bridge down there," said McGehee.

It will be a wedding day McGehee says the couple and their guests will always remember for many reasons.
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