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Couples get hitched by the dozens on 12-12-2012

Business is brisk at courthouses in Oklahoma and Cleveland counties, where an estimated 58 couples file for marriage licenses
BY TIM WILLERT and JANE GLENN CANNON Published: December 12, 2012
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Alexus, 11, and Hamilton's son, Jay Jay, 7, accompanied the couple to the Cleveland County Courthouse, where they watched Special Judge Jequita Napoli perform the ceremony along with 28 other couples who tied the knot before Napoli.

“It's about time is all I can say,” said Alicia's mother, Sharon Williams. “They've been together 10 years and talking about getting married for five years. It's time to do it.”

Cleveland County District Judge Lori Walkley performed nuptials for six other couples in her courtroom, bringing the total to a record 34 marriages taking place in a single day.

“I won't ever forget our anniversary this way,” said Matthew Blackmon, of Oklahoma City, who wed his sweetheart, Makenzie Rene Thomas, of Arcadia.

Blackmon, an Army private, said the couple also chose the date because he was on leave and had until Friday to check in at his new base at Fort Bliss, Texas, where the couple will reside.

“And it's a lucky day. We actually picked the date four months ago,” he said.

Cleveland County Deputy Court Clerk Nancy Schlehuber said the office issued 29 marriage licenses Wednesday, also a record.

“It's the most licenses we've ever issued in a day's time, and the most marriages performed,” Schlehuber said. “It's been a little crazy. They were lined up down the hall and out the door for a while.”

Looking for luck

While the couples getting married considered it a lucky day for love, some other couples had a different idea.

Divorce attorney Jana Ford said she was filing a number of divorces for her clients, specifically because they wanted 12-12-12 file-stamped on their divorce papers.

“They were unlucky in love, so they want to be lucky in divorce,” Ford said.

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