ANNAPOLIS, Md. - 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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