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December 12, 2012

A date to remember

Couples head to the courthouse on 12-12-12 to tie the knot

ANDERSON, Ind. — Christian Orth and Kellie Hott have been together for 12 years, have a 12-month-old daughter and got married at 12:12 p.m. on 12-12-12.

For them and other couples, the number 12 holds significance, and Wednesday was the last time for a long time that any will see a repetitive date like it again.

“We’ve stayed together to see through it all, the good and bad,” Orth said.

Orth and Hott were married by Judge Thomas Newman Jr. in Madison Circuit Court 3 on Wednesday along with — as of about 4 p.m. — 13 other couples.

Newman said dates such as 12-12-12 and holidays have “been a real big hit.”

“I think it’s pretty cool,” he said. “It’s not a day like all days. It’s one to easily remember.”

At one point, the couple, who met at a Chippendale’s show, were going to get married in Las Vegas on July 7, 2007, but that fell through.

Orth said they have always gotten along really well and are each other’s best friends. He actually plans to change his last name to hers since it’s a niftier, he said.

“He’s the male version of me,” Hott said. “Everything I like he likes too. We finish each other’s sentences.”

For Charles Borton and Heather Leonard, the number 12 is significant because the two have been together since May 12, 2012, Leonard’s birthday is Feb. 12 and Borton’s is March 12.

Along with getting married Wednesday, Borton received custody of his daughter, making the day even more special, Leonard added.

She said the two met when they were just adolescents. He lived down the street and they’d been friends a long time.

“We’re yin and yang, exact opposites, which makes it an even balance,” she said.

They planned to spend Wednesday evening together kid-free and to have a big wedding at Mounds State Park with friends and family May 12, 2013.

Brandon Troutman and Amanda Bleckman have been together 15 years and have three kids.

He said 12-12-12 just seemed like a good time to pick since it’s the last time repetitive date for nearly a century.

“It was just time,” she added.

Troutman said they’ve been together ever since they met in her living room. He was friends with her roommate and the movie “Grease” was playing in the background with the song “Summer Nights.”

Which is a fun story in and of itself since he noted Bleckman’s boss had joked the right man for her would have to appear at her place singing the song.

Troutman said they’re “polar opposites” who enjoy spending time together to “just be a family.”

Bleckman added that they love to throw parties and hope to have a big wedding reception in June.

On Wednesday, though, the newlyweds planned to go Christmas shopping with daughter. Emerson, 4, who was at the courthouse with them. Bleckman said she was saving up for a wedding and wanted to invite Justin Bieber.

Find Dani Palmer on Facebook and @DaniPalmer_THB on Twitter, or call 640-4847.

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