Couples flock to courthouse to wed on 12-12-12

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by STEVE STOLER

WFAA

Posted on December 12, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 2:28 PM

MCKINNEY – Superstitious lovebirds and numbers geeks are reveling in a once-in-a-lifetime even –– today's date, 12-12-12. 

For many, it's just another set of numbers. But for others, it's a lucky day to get married or even have a baby. A few North Texans say they will never forget this day for rest of their lives.

Dale and Wes Marco's doctor scheduled Dale's C-section at Medical Center of Plano on 12-12-12. But they never expected the exact time baby Marlo arrived. "She was born at 12:12 p.m.," said the new mother.

Little Marlo's birth certificate will read 12:12pm on 12-12-12. 

"We have a definite little historical moment," said Dale Marco. "So it's definitely fun and exciting. It's very special. That's for sure."

A few miles north in McKinney, Collin County Justice of the Peace Paul Raleeh was performing 12-12-12 weddings. Lots of them. Judge Raleeh says in an average week, he performs five weddings. Today, he married 30 couples.

"Certainly 1-1-1, 2-2-2, 3-3-3 all have been busy wedding dates," said Raleeh. "But nothing compares to 12-12-12."

For Bud and Pamela Swinnea, getting married on 12-12-12 was about convenience. 

"We're not superstitious," said Swinnea. "We're just looking for an easy day to remember, 12-12-12. We were going to do 10-11-12, but it didn't work out."

But other couples, like Stephen and Melissa Tansey, believe there's a deeper meaning in the numbers. 

"It's a magical date," said Stephen Tansey. "It's the last triple digits of the century. It represents good fortune and love."

And if you're planning a wedding, the next triple date is in 88 years on January 1, 2101.

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