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Same-sex couples begin getting marriage licenses

Thursday - 12/6/2012, 12:49pm  ET

Associated Press

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Elated same-sex couples have begun getting marriage licenses in Maryland, though they won't go into effect until Jan. 1.

Kim Hinken was the first person to get a marriage license in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court on Thursday morning. The 52-year-old Edgewater resident says she has waited nearly 10 years to become legally married.

Gov. Martin O'Malley earlier in the day signed a proclamation affirming that Maryland voters approved same-sex marriage in a ballot question last month.

Heather Ware and Tiffany DeVore were the first to get a marriage license in Allegany County on Thursday. Ware described the day as "more exciting than Christmas."

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