• Lennie Gerber (L) and Pearl Berlin (R) have been together for 50 years. (HRC / YouTube)Source: HRC / YouTube
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Stephanie Marie Anderson

24 Oct 2016 - 2:38 PM  UPDATED 24 Oct 2016 - 2:28 PM

Meet Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin. They've been together for 50 years, and spent 47 of them waiting for their partnership to be legally recognised.

"We are in love, and we tell each other that every day," says Lennie.

After moving to North Carolina in the '70s, the couple settled into a life together - one that they say has been accepted by neighbours and the community.

The couple says that they "couldn't have picked a better place" to live, despite the fact that North Carolina banned same-sex marriage in 2012.

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After campaigning for their rights, Lennie describes the joy the couple felt at being able to celebrate their union with their community in North Carolina as "just amazing".

"I feel so lucky," says Lennie.

Talking about North Carolina's heavily criticised HB2 bathroom bill - which prohibits trans people from using government-run bathrooms in line with their gender identity - Lennie expresses disappointment.

"The prejudice that still exists is very sad to me," she says, "I had thought we had gone beyond that."


She continues: "HB2 is totally unconstitutional. It's costing us millions and millions of dollars, and so every single vote counts. And you can't say 'well, my vote doesn't count', you know, it does! And sometimes the elections are very very close."

"You have to make the effort to go to the polls and vote," she finishes.