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Gay Couples Marry In Talbot County

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Newlyweds Ruth Siegel (left) and Nina Nethery (right) Newlyweds Ruth Siegel (left) and Nina Nethery (right)

TILGHMAN IS., Md. - Folks in Maryland weren't just counting down to 2013 Monday night.  Same-sex couples across the state were waiting for the minute they could finally tie the knot.  While gay marriage has been legal in many parts of the country for a few years, one couple said they were holding out until they could wed in their home state.

"We decided not to run over the line and get married in DC and to wait for Maryland," said Nina Nethery. "And we're very proud of Maryland," chimed in her now wife Ruth Siegel.

The couple, who'd already been together for 15 years, didn't waste any time.  They said "I Do" one minute into 2013, a step, the two didn't think they would be able to take so soon.

"We were all very optimistic that it would come together, but no, we didn't expect it to come together this year," said Nina.

Seven couples were able to have free wedding ceremonies at the Black Walnut Point Inn on Tilghman Island, including the business' owners.

Not only did Tracy Staples and Bob Zuber host the festivities and get married themselves, they also officiated for the other couples.

"We wanted to get married and we wanted to share that with everyone else because of where we are.  Where we live," said Bob.

Ever since Marylanders voted in favor of same sex marriage in the state, Bob and Tracy say their phone has been ringing off the hook with couples wanting to exchange vows at the quiet bed and breakfast that almost feels like it's on a secluded island of its own.  Tracy thinks his hotel is the perfect place for those weddings to happen "Why go where you're tolerated?  Why not go to where you're celebrated!?"

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