1st known Alaska gay union in Arctic town

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Cateflyn Schnell, left, and Terry Holloway kiss before filling out a marriage license application on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at the Department of Vital Statistics in Anchorage, Alaska. A federal judge on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, overturned Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Matthew Hamby, one of the plaintiffs in the successful lawsuit to overturn Alaska's same-sex marriage ban, reads the judge's decision while waiting for a clerk to process his marriage application Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, at the Department of Vital Statistics in Anchorage, Alaska. A federal judge ruled on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, that the ban was unconstitutional. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Ann Marie Garber, left, and Koy Field speak to reporters after filling out a marriage license application on Monday, Oct. 13, 2014,at the Department of Vital Statistics in Anchorage, Alaska. A federal judge on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, overturn Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Peter VanDyne, left, and Chris Ruff speak to reporters Monday, Oct. 13, 2014, after applying for a marriage certificate at the Department of Vital Statistics in Anchorage, Alaska. A federal judge on Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, overturn Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
Chris Laborde, left, and Matt Hamby celebrate Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Anchorage, Alaska, after a judge struck down Alaska's ban on gay marriage. Hamby, his husband and Laborde with her wife, along with two of the five couples who sued to overturn the ban . (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)
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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A remote town on the state's Arctic Coast where people are used to doing their own thing has applied that independent streak to gay marriage.

A magistrate in Barrow, Alaska, the nation's northernmost community, has performed what is believed to be the state's first gay marriage ceremony ahead of schedule after a federal judge struck down the state's ban.

Couples lined up across the state to get licenses Monday morning, beginning the clock on a mandatory three-day wait until ceremonies could be performed.

However, in Barrow, Kristine Hilderbrand said Magistrate Mary Treiber agreed to waive the wait requirement and married Hilderbrand and Sarah Ellis during a ceremony late Monday afternoon.

Hilderbrand says gay marriage is not really an issue in Barrow. She says people in the community "accept you for who you are."

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