This Lesbian Love Story Will Move You To Tears (AND Make You Vote!)

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Love wins.

Get the tissues ready. I'm serious, this is not a drill.

With the election reaching the final stretch, early voting has begun in places like North Carolina. 

(This isn't the part you're going to cry over, unless you count tears of relief.)

Equality NC and the Human Rights Campaign released a video reminding residents of North Carolina why their vote counts, and they did it by telling the world's sweetest love story imaginable. 

Lennie Gerber and Pearl Berlin are a lesbian couple who have been together for fifty years, but for most of that time they weren't allowed to get married. 

Fifty years, you guys! That's crazy! Go suck on that, homophobes who claim lesbian and gay couples can't commit. Lennie and Pearl's relationship has outlasted many straight marriages, and with good reason. They are absolutely devoted to each other. 

Lennie and Pearl moved to North Carolina in the 1970s.

You'd think being a lesbian in the south, especially in that time, would be very difficult. But that doesn't seem to have been the case for Lennie and Pearl. 

They instantly fell in love with their community. They became fast friends with their neighbors and were regulars at their local synagogue. 

The couple always planned on getting married, but LGBT marriage was still illegal. 

But, in 2012 when North Carolina banned same sex marriage, Lennie, a lifelong attorney, wasn't going to leave her home or wait for the Federal decision to be made in Washington, D.C. where same sex marriage was already legal. 

Explaining herself, Gerber said “Even if the Court strikes down Section 3 of DOMA, I believe that the state of domicile will still come in to play."

The lesbian couple decided to get married 47 years after the anniversary of the day they decided to move in together, just days after meeting. 

"We knew from day one," said Lennie. Some cliches, like lesbians moving into together super soon, are true for wonderful reasons. 

If tears aren't streaming down your face, you might want to at this stage in the game check your pulse. 


But while their marriage may be legal now, Lennie and Pearl aren't resting on their laurels. They know just how quickly their rights could be taken from them, depending on how this election shakes out, which is why they've made it their mission to make sure that every single person gets out there and votes. 

One vote can make all the difference, and the love story of Lennie and Pearl is proof that this is so.