A gay male couple received a prize
package on New Year's Eve for being the 5,000th same-sex
couple to receive a marriage license in Clark County, Nevada.
According to the Las
Vegas Sun, Ronald Bauman and Dumitru Alexeev of Phoenix were
the lucky couple.
The Las Vegas local business community
offered the couple a number of gifts to mark the milestone, including
a basic wedding package at the Luxor Wedding Chapel, stays at Circus
Circus Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay hotels, and tickets to the Michael
Jackson One show and to the High Roller.
“This is a wonderful milestone to
celebrate as we ring in a new year,” County Clerk Lynn Goya said in
a press release. “Las Vegas is the best place in the world to get
married, and we extend our happy congratulations to Ronald Bauman and
Dumitru Alexeev on being the 5,000th same-sex couple to
receive their marriage license in Clark County.”
Nevada began issuing marriage licenses
to gay and lesbian couples on October 9, 2014 following a legal
challenge to the state's 2002 voter-approved constitutional amendment
defining marriage as a heterosexual union.