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SHOTLIST:AP Television - AP Television clients onlyHigh Point, North Carolina - August 1, 20141. Wide of two women in kitchen.FAMILY PHOTO - Courtesy: Pearl Berlin and Lennie Gerber - AP CLIENTS ONLY2. Photo of two women in 1966AP Television - AP Television clients onlyHigh Point, North Carolina - August 1, 20143. SOUNDBITE (English), Lennie Gerber, Gay Marriage Advocate (transcript below)FAMILY PHOTO - Courtesy: Pearl Berlin and Lennie Gerber - AP CLIENTS ONLY4. Collage of photos of Berlin and GerberAP Television - AP Television clients onlyHigh Point, North Carolina - August 1, 20145. SOUNDBITE (English), Lennie Gerber, Gay Marriage Advocate (transcript below)6. Mid of Gerber at refrigerator7. Tight of gay rights bumper sticker on fridge8. Tight of magnet with words, "Oy Vey I'm Gay"AP PHOTO / AP CLIENTS ONLY9. Photo of women emergency from Virginia federal courtAP TELEVISION / AP CLIENTS ONLYRaleigh, North Carolina - July 28, 201410. NC Attorney General Roy Cooper AP Television / AP Television clients onlyRaleigh, North Carolina / April 20, 201211. File of anti-gay marriage rally at state capital12. File of woman with anti-gay marriage sticker on shirtAP Television / AP Television clients onlyHigh Point, North Carolina / Aug. 1, 201413. Mid of Berlin and Gerber on couch14. Tight of hands with wedding bands15. Wide of Berlin with walker in kitchen16. SOUNDBITE (English), Lennie Gerber, Gay Marriage Advocate (transcript below)17. Wide of wedding photos on wall18. Tight of photo of wedding ceremony19. Tight of photo of Gerber and Berlin kissing20. Wide panning shot of women on couch21. Tight of magazine cover showing two brides walking down aisle22. SOUNDBITE (English), Pearl Berlin, Gay Marriage Advocate23. Mid of women's hands 24. SOUNDBITE (English), Lennie Gerber, Gay Marriage Advocate (transcript below)25. Tight of Berlin's hand squeezing Gerber's legVOICE-OVER SCRIPTFOR LENNIE GERBER AND PEARL BERLIN, IT WASN'T A CASE OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT. SOUNDBITE: Lennie Gerber, Gay Marriage AdvocateWell, that day it wasn't so immediate. That was the summer of '64."SOUNDBITE (English), Pearl Berlin, Gay Marriage Advocate"No. It took a while."BUT WHEN THEY FINALLY COMMITTED THEMSELVES TO EACH OTHER, THEY KNEW IT WAS FOREVER. FORTY-EIGHT YEARS LATER, THEY'D LIKE THEIR ADOPTED STATE TO OFFICIALLY RECOGNIZE THEIR LOVE.SOUNDBITE (English), Lennie Gerber, Gay Marriage Advocate"Marriage is a statement that you make in front of your family, your friends, your community. It has a meaning that tells the world who you are." THE HIGH POINT COUPLE ARE THE LEAD PLAINTIFFS IN ONE OF FOUR FEDERAL LAWSUITS CHALLENGING NORTH CAROLINA'S CONSTITUTIONAL BAN ON GAY MARRIAGE. FOLLOWING A RECENT FEDERAL RULING STRIKING DOWN VIRGINIA'S BAN_upsound "it's time to stop making arguments we will lose"NORTH CAROLINA ATTORNEY GENERAL ROY COOPER SAID HE WOULD NO LONGER DEFEND HIS STATE'S LAW. BUT TIME IS NOT ON GERBER'S AND BERLIN'S SIDE.AT EIGHTY-NINE, BERLIN'S HEALTH IS GROWING INCREASINGLY FRAGILE. SHE FELL RECENTLY AND BROKE THREE RIBS. SOUNDBITE (English), Lennie Gerber, Gay Marriage Advocate"It would be just horrendous if I wasn't able to do whatever Pearl needed done for her. And be there WITH her and holding her hand and helping her. I mean, it just, I would die if I couldn't do that.""No you wouldn't.""I would."LAST JUNE, THE COUPLE HAD A BIG JEWISH WEDDING UNDER A CHUPPAH IN NEARBY GREENSBORO. THREE MONTHS LATER, THEY WERE LEGALLY MARRIED IN MAINE.BERLIN SAYS IT'S WHAT'S IN THEIR HEARTS THAT IS MOST IMPORTANT.SOUNDBITE (English), Pearl Berlin, Gay Marriage Advocate"Lennie is there for me. Lennie is next to me, to reach out and touch when I wake up." SOUNDBITE (English), Lennie Gerber, Gay Marriage Advocate"We are still in love, after 48 years."SOUNDBITE (English), Pearl Berlin, Gay Marriage Advocate"Yeaaaah." SOMETHING THAT'S PLAIN TO SEE.ALLEN BREED, ASSOCIATED PRESS, HIGH POINT, NORTH CAROLINA.