Kelebohile Nkhereanye and Renee Boyd confidently walk up a flight of stairs inside Brooklyn's Municipal Building City Hall one sweltering Sunday morning. The same-sex lesbian couple are among a group of gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer folk in New York making U.S. history by breaking social taboo, vowing to cement their lifelong commitment through marriage, illegal in New York State before July 24, 2011. Both Renee and Kelebohile, a native of the mountainous southern African country Lesotho, sustained a committed relationship for over 20 years, which Kelebohile admits had its ups and downs, just like any other relationship. Getting married wasn't a testament to mutual commitment in the face of uncertainty; it offered their relationship legal opportunities that honor their journey as a couple with a shared history based on 20-plus years of rock-solid, tried and tested love.
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