The Black Walnut Point Inn is literally at the end of the road in this Chesapeake Bay village, but for seven gay and lesbian couples Tuesday, it was the starting point for a new chapter in their lives together.
US Navy senior chief petty officer Dwayne Beebe (L) and his husband Jonathan Franqui stroll on the grounds of the Black Walnut Point Inn on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland where they earlier on January 1, 2013 took their wedding vows. New Year's Day marked the first day of same-sex marriage in Maryland, one of nine US states that recognize marriage equality.
Same-sex marriage came into force in Maryland on New Year's Day, and to mark the occasion the couples exchanged vows at the 19th century farmhouse turned bed-and-breakfast adjoining a bird sanctuary with stunning sea views.
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