WATCH: Lesbian High School Sweethearts Receive Marriage License

Cindy Meneghin and Maureen Kilian have finally won the right to marry in their home state of New Jersey after 40 years together and more than a decade in court battling for marriage equality.

BY Jase Peeples

October 27 2013 3:16 PM ET

After 40 years together and more than a decade in court fighting for the recognition of same-sex marriage in the state of New Jersey, Cindy Meneghin and Maureen Kilian have finally received a marriage license.

The couple, who met in high school more than 40 years ago, is one of the many who have joined with Lambda Legal in the battle for marriage equality.

“Nobody gives up on their family, nobody gives up on their loved one [and] nobody should,” Meneghin said in a video highlighting the touching story of the two high school sweethearts.  “When you love someone you want to be with them, you want to be protected, you want them to be protected and that means marriage. When you love someone you don't stop fighting for them."

Same-sex couples were given the right to wed in New Jersey beginning October 21, following the ruling of Judge Mary Jacobson of the Mercer County Superior Court which ordered the state to recognize marriages between same-sex couples citing the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 ruling in United States v. Windsor.

Watch the incredible story of these two high school sweethearts in the video below.

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