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Las Vegas issues 20,000th same-sex marriage license

Posted at 2:06 PM, May 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-16 23:36:02-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Clark County Clerk’s Marriage License Bureau in Las Vegas hit a major milestone today.

James Johnson and Matthew Tipple from Florida received the 20,000th marriage license issued to a same-gender couple.

To help celebrate, James and Matthew received a wedding ceremony package from Caesars Palace including a hotel stay, dinner at Hell’s Kitchen, and tickets to a Celine Dion show.

The Marriage License Bureau, a division of the Clerk’s Office, 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.

Overall, the Clark County Marriage License Bureau issues about 80,000 marriage licenses annually.

It's typically the busiest in the nation with couples coming here from every state in the U.S. and more than 85 percent of the countries in the world.

In 2017, more than 1 out of every 25 marriages in the U.S. took place in Clark County.

The wedding industry is also an important component of our tourism economy, as people coming to Clark County to attend a wedding or get married generated more than $2 billion in economic activity including on lodging, entertainment, dining and other non-gaming activities in Clark County in 2017.

Couples can find a directory of wedding services and vendors at WeddingChamber.Vegas.