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First gay couples obtain marriage licenses in Rowan County, Ky.

MOREHEAD, Ky. James Yates and William Smith Jr. paid $35.50 and filled out paperwork early Friday to become the first couple to get a marriage license in Rowan County since the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage June 26. Another couple soon followed. With Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in jail on civil contempt charges for defying a judge's order to resume issuing licenses, deputy clerk Brian Mason ended the office's two-month license ban by politely serving Yates and Smith on Friday, even congratulating them and shaking their hands afterward. "Love won!" marriage equality protesters shouted outside the Rowan County courthouse as the men emerged. Across the...

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