LIMA — Tuesday marked a special day for three people in the eyes of the law.
“So much of my time is spent sentencing people and to be able to perform a marriage and to see people happy and starting a new life is such a wonderful thing,” said Judge Tammie Hursh of Lima Municipal Court.
Sworn in as judge on Sept. 22, Hursh officiated her first wedding Tuesday. Hursh said she’s excited to begin a new aspect of her career.
Weddings aren’t something you practice for, Hursh said. In Ohio, ministers, county clerk judges, municipal court judges, and mayors can officiate weddings.
“It’s going to be something neat,” she said, as well as a service to the community.
“There should be no reason for people to feel like they have to go out of town or they have to pick someone who is a member of the clergy to be able to get married,” she said.
In addition to marriage being a religious commitment for some, Hursh said it’s a legal commitment between two people.
Former Judge William Lauber retired in June, leaving a four-month time period without court weddings.
Though Hursh is the primary officiate, Magistrate Richard Warren will also be holding marriages by request.
Marriages are performed on Tuesdays and Fridays in the courthouse at 3:30 p.m. until the end of the day. Anyone is permitted to attend. The bride or groom must be a resident of Allen County.
As the first Tuesday of the month, the newly married Lima couple, 25-year old Justin Laman and 23-year old Amanda Adams, now Laman, are excited to share this day with Hursh.
“It’s unique,” she said. “It’s her first time doing [a wedding] and it’s our first time getting married, so it’s special.”
Surrounded by friends and family, the newlywed couple, who have been together for six years, expressed their commitment in the eyes of the law.
“This is the best day of my life,” Amanda Laman said.