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Phoenix man and partner first to marry in Utah

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A Phoenix man and his partner became the very first couple to receive a same sex marriage license in Utah and they wasted no time exchanging vows.

Seth Anderson is from Phoenix and moved to Salt Lake City to be with his partner, Michael Ferguson.

Seth is in graduate school -- a history major, so his parents, who still live here in the valley, say it's fitting that their son would go down in the history books as part of the first gay couple to legally marry in the state of Utah.

Seth and Michael spoke with reporters after their wedding ceremony.

"We're so happy and I am so proud to be in Utah right now.. it's a celebration of joy and love," said Seth.

Not knowing if or when they would get this opportunity again, when the announcement came down that they could get a marriage license, they dropped everything to say, "I do."

"As we heard there's stuff in the works to put a shutdown on this as we speak.. we knew time was of the essence if we wanted to be legally married in the state we live so we hurried down," said Seth.

Seth's parents had no clue their son was going to elope on Friday.

"I knew that Seth and Michael were the perfect couple and I knew they wanted to get married, but who knew in Utah," said Denise Anderson.  "That he's the first to do this in the state of Utah which is so conservative, it's just a thrill.. to be a part of that."

Seth's mother was surprised at the news, but not his stepfather.

"I wasn't once I heard it.  I said, oh that sounds like Seth because they want to further their cause any way they can," said Jeff Turley.

The proud parents say they can't wait to celebrate with the newlyweds.  They anticipate a great reception in the near future.

"Five years ago, we never would've thought anything like this could happen because the political and sociological atmosphere wasn't ready for it and to come this far in such short time and for them to be at the forefront of it, that's very nice.. that's a nice little perk," said Jeff.

At this point, it's not known if or when gay marriage will become illegal again in the state of Utah

Utah's governor says he vows to defend traditional marriage in the state and that he's "disappointed in a federal judge's decision to override the will of the people of Utah."

Related story: Gay couples wed in Utah after judge overturns ban

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