Former Mercer County Fair Queen Says Yes To Same Sex Marriage

bryIn a week that the group Equality Illinois announces there have been 5,000 same sex marriages in Illinois, the outgoing Mercer County Fair Queen, Bryanna Martin, is proposed to by her girlfriend, Sara Riddle.  The proposal occurred Tuesday night at the Mercer County Fair Queen Pageant, the night Martin gave up her crown to the 2014 queen.  She spoke with WRMJ News Director Jim Taylor this morning.

The same sex marriage law took effect in Illinois on June 1st and Mercer County Clerk Phyllis Bewley told WRMJ this morning that zero same sex marriage or civil union licenses have been issued in Mercer County to this point, meaning Martin and Riddle could be the first if they decide to marry in Mercer County.