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The Journey Is Far From Over

April 27, 2014, 10:43 AM by Leland Steva

The Journey Is Far From Over

A Rapid City same sex couple is celebrating a big day as Nancy and Jennie Rosenbrahn exchange vows at the Community of Christ Church in Minneapolis.

A Minnesota Church held a special ceremony for these two women. Nancy and Jennie Rosenbrahn combined their last names, and they will also share a new title, newlyweds. They were legally married in the State of Minnesota, and it's a whirlwind ride that neither will ever forget.

"I was trying to remember what the judge said," Jennie Rosenbrahn said.

The couple has been together for 27 years, but being married is a feeling they never thought they'd experience.

"We never thought in our lifetime we could see marriage anywhere. Anywhere at all. I mean it was just amazing to see gays on TV. And then it became amazing to see celebrities step out and say they were gay. And now sports figures. The last bastion of a brick wall is coming down," Nancy Rosenbrahn said.

Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges was at the ceremony to marry the couple. She says that days like this are for celebrating love.

"27 years of family. 27 years of love and commitment. 27 years of day-to-day living just like any married couple, just like any relationship that you care to name," Mayor Besty Hodges said.

The couple is looking to use their special day to change the laws in South Dakota. State Legislation passed in 1996 banned same-sex marriages in the state. The Rosenbrahn's are preparing to be the first couple to legally challenge the legislation.

"A federal lawsuit that challenges not only South Dakota's failure to confer marriage on the citizens that want to, but to recognize the beautiful, amazing marriage that occurred here today," Lawyer Joshua Newville said.

With the challenges on the horizon, the Ronsenbrahn's are happy to be tackling big changes in South Dakota as a married couple.

"We are going to celebrate with our family now," Nancy said.

The couple traveled over 600 miles to get married.

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