LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -- Nearly four years after the legalization of same-sex marriage, the Clark County Clerk's Marriage License Bureau issued its 20,000th same-sex marriage license on Thursday.
James Johnson, 33, and Matthew Tipple, 30, of DeBary, Fla. were given a wedding ceremony package from Caesars Palace including a hotel stay, dinner at Hell’s Kitchen, and tickets to a Celine Dion show in addition to a certificate commemorating the 20,000th same-gender license.
“We have been together for 10 years and thought how much more memorable of a vacation this would be if we got married in Las Vegas,” Johnson said.
“There was a time not too long ago when we were not even able to get married,” Tipple said. “Now, to be the 20,000th couple. It’s just amazing.”
Clark County officials said the Marriage License Bureau issued its first marriage license to a same-gender couple on Oct. 9, 2014. In January 2017, the office issued its 10,000th marriage license to a same-gender couple.
In 2017, more than 1 out of every 25 marriages in the U.S. took place in Clark County.