A first: Gay couples tie the knot in Delaware
By Amy Cherry, Lauren LiBetti

Updated Monday, July 1, 2013 - 3:20pm

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WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

Wedding bells are ringing as gay marriage officially becomes legal in Delaware.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports.

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Margarita Rokins and her partner Georgia Hall of New Castle were first in line.

"We've been here since 5 o'clock in the morning. We plan to be first," says Rokins.

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They're among hundreds of same-sex couples saying I do the first chance they get. Some are just getting a marriage license while others like Alexander Perez and Brad Poulter are finding out how hard it is to plan a wedding.

"The reception, and the invites, who's not invited, who do we like, who we don't really like, so it's a lot of work," laughs Perez.

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John and Tommy Fisher-Klein have been together for more than five years and don't know what they'd do without one another.

"He balances me," says John.

"He grounds me," says Tommy.

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The couple got their marriage license Monday and aren't planning a big wedding anytime soon, but the moment is still significant.

"It's exciting. I have always looked up to my parents and my grandparents because of their marriage, so."

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The two plan to have children.

Senator Karen Peterson, who in a bold move, came out on the Senate floor two months ago, was the first in the state to be married Monday to her partner Vikki Bandy of 24 years.

"It's just amazing, I never thought in our lifetimes that we'd be getting married," Peterson said.

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Delaware's first openly gay Senator and her partner say the timing is perfect with DOMA being overturned last week.

"What a great wedding gift, the Supreme Court decision, and that was true. It was just so exciting. Who knew that this was all going to happen this year?" they said.

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