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Same-sex couples in the South left out of trend

Press marriage cause, starting down the long road to change

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The exchange lasted all of 15 minutes. But it seemed an eternity for the young couple who had walked up the courthouse steps, hands tightly joined, to request a marriage license in this rural southern town.

“Male applicant would be?” asked the clerk with the highlighted bouffant as she peered over her reading glasses at the pair standing on the other side of the counter.

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