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Kim Hinken, of Edgewater, Md., holds the marriage license she obtained Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit in Annapolis, Md., to marry her same-sex partner, Adrianne Eathorne. It was the first day same-sex couples could get a Maryland marriage license, which will be effective Jan. 1, when the law takes effect. Hinken, pictured in the courthouse chapel, was the person to get a same-sex marriage license in Anne Arundel County.

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