UPDATE: A lucky couple became the 10,000th same-sex marriage in Clark County on Friday. Amanda Falzone and Jennifer Dickerson of Colorado Springs, Colorado will receive tons of prizes, including a free wedding ceremony and a two-night stay and dinner at Mandalay Bay.
"It's getting to love who you want to love and being who you want to be and being allowed to be who you want to be," Dickerson said.
"This is an great milestone for Las Vegas," Clark County Clerk Lynn Goya said in a statement. "As the wedding capital of the world, we are excited to become a premier wedding destination for the LGBT community. I would like to thank all of the businesses that donated wonderful gifts to the lucky couple. Las Vegas remains the best place to get married in the world."
The Clark County Clerk’s Marriage License Bureau is close to issuing the 10,000th marriage license to a same- sex couple.
In celebration of this milestone, local businesses have donated many great wedding presents for the 10,000th same-sex couple – including a two-night stay and dinner at Mandalay Bay, passes to the High Roller observation wheel at The LINQ Promenade, flowers, professional photographs and a wedding ceremony.
As of noon, the County Clerk’s Office has issued marriage licenses to 9,909 same-sex couples since the first license was issued to a same-sex couple on Oct. 9, 2014. Goya said she expects her office will issue a marriage license to the 10,000th same-sex couple within the next week.
Almost all of the gifts have come from businesses that are also members of the Las Vegas Wedding Chamber of Commerce, which is the first wedding industry chamber in the country. Chamber members specialize in providing wedding ceremonies and/or wedding-related services such as flowers, photography, and entertainment.