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First same-sex marriage license issued in Rockingham Co.

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Ann-Marie Jarvis and Christy Michelle Finney, both of Reidsville, say they have been together 17 years.

Ann-Marie Jarvis and Christy Michelle Finney, both of Reidsville, say they have been together 17 years.

WENTWORTH, N.C. — The first, same-sex marriage license in Rockingham County was issued Monday morning at the Rockingham County Courthouse.

The couple anxiously waited for the doors to open at the Rockingham County Courthouse around 8 a.m.

By 8:10 a.m., Ann-Marie Jarvis of Reidsville and Christy Michelle Finney of Reidsville had completed all of the legal paperwork for their marriage license.

Rockingham County Register of Deeds Rebecca Cipriani and Deputy Register of Deeds Candace Carver prepared the paperwork.

“This is a historic day for our county, our state, and our nation. This is part of history just as women’s rights to vote and civil rights. I am a Constitutional Officer and I will continue to uphold the law,” Cipriani said. “This is not about politics nor personal beliefs but equality of individuals under the law.”

Cipriani explained that the ruling came down after 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, which was after normal business hours.

The revised, marriage license form was received by their office on Oct. 12.

Jarvis and Finney said they had been together as a couple for 17 years.

Following the issuance of the marriage license, they were married in a civil ceremony by Rockingham County Magistrate Shandolyn Martin.