Laura Stephenson, left, uses a piece of twine as a ring to marry Emily-Kate Hannapel, right, both 26 of Durham, after getting married at the Wake County Justice Center in Raleigh on Oct, 10. They were one of the 51 licenses issued after a ruling by U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn that paved the way for the first gay marriages to take place.
Laura Stephenson, left, uses a piece of twine as a ring to marry Emily-Kate Hannapel, right, both 26 of Durham, after getting married at the Wake County Justice Center in Raleigh on Oct, 10. They were one of the 51 licenses issued after a ruling by U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn that paved the way for the first gay marriages to take place. clowenst@newsobserver.com
Laura Stephenson, left, uses a piece of twine as a ring to marry Emily-Kate Hannapel, right, both 26 of Durham, after getting married at the Wake County Justice Center in Raleigh on Oct, 10. They were one of the 51 licenses issued after a ruling by U.S. District Judge Max Cogburn that paved the way for the first gay marriages to take place. clowenst@newsobserver.com

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