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Published February 09, 2012, 06:50 PM

Fargo gay couple applies for marriage license

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - It's a first in North Dakota. In a follow-up to a story we first brought you last night, a same-sex couple applied for a marriage license seeking the same benefits as a husband and wife.

It's a first in North Dakota. In a follow-up to a story we first brought you last night, a same-sex couple applied for a marriage license seeking the same benefits as a husband and wife.

Lenny Tweeden and Wayne Roselle came here today to defy North Dakota Law and become the state's first same-sex married couple. But they knew the answer they would get and when they got inside, there were no surprises.

For the couple of nearly 30 years, it is time for a change. No longer partner and partner or boyfriend and boyfriend, Lenny Tweeden and Wayne Roselle want to be husband and husband.

Lenny Tweeden – Applied for Marriage License: “I'm hoping it's in my lifetime.”

The gay right's movement is again taking center stage this week after the Court of Appeals declared the California law banning gay marriage unconstitutional.

Lenny Tweeden: “Proposition 8 may lead to a Supreme Court decision on gay marriage, which could affect the nation.

Supporters stood outside the courthouse, never having met the couple before.

Mara Morken – Supporting Couple: “Civil rights can't be accomplished from your sofa. They're doing something brave and as they walk in, I want them to know that some of us are out here to support them.”

And inside, former Mayor Jon Lindgren greeted his long-time friends with flowers in hand and words of encouragement.

Jon Lindgren – Supporting Couple: “It's long past time for a chance; there are thousands and thousands of gay couples in North Dakota. We need them to have the same chance that everybody else does.”

In a conservative state, supporters know it will be a tough journey

But Tweeden and Roselle have taken the first step, surrounded by media, in the public, bravely asking for what they feel is an equal right.

Lenny Tweeden: “I guess it's just the one dream that I have, that we eventually get married.”

There were no anti-gay protestors at the courthouse this afternoon, but the couple syas they've received an outpouring of support from across the state. They left the courthouse still smiling.

As for any legal action that might be taken...the couple isn't quite sure yet.

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