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From traffic ticket to Supreme Court: a gay couple's legal odyssey
From traffic ticket to Supreme Court: a gay couple's legal odyssey

At first, they were just joking. Thom Kostura had gotten a traffic ticket, and he and his partner Ijpe DeKoe had swung by a New York courthouse to pay it off. The county clerk’s office was right there. New York had legalized same-sex marriage about a week earlier in July 2011. DeKoe was going to deploy to Afghanistan in a week. Kostura brought the subject up first. “It was one of those games of who was going to crack a smile first,” DeKoe, now 35, said. “And neither of us backed down.” It was a 23-hour engagement. They notified family, filled out the paperwork and had a $71 wedding, which included the cost of the marriage license, a pizza and a bottle of...

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