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Love Stories: Cassie and Allison Hales

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WAVERLY (KWWL) -- Even a friendly game of virtual bowling can turn into a fierce battle in newly-wed Cassie and Allison Hales' apartment. The pair grew up as rivals, but their competitive spirit also held a teenage secret.

"We were 12 actually, and we played softball against each other on rival teams," said Cassie. "I just remember telling my parents -- I just think Allison is the greatest person in the whole world!"

Figuring out who you are isn't easy. Cassie has the good fortune of supportive parents, but the process was more difficult for Allison.

"My parents are definitely not like her parents," she said. "They didn't support me, they think I'm a disappointment. I don't talk to them anymore."

The ladies kept in touch through high school and college, but their relationship never went beyond friendship. That is, until they happened to both be back in their hometown at the same time, and they also happened to both be single.

"We went on our first date, and that was it," Al recalled.

Although it may sound cliche, both women knew, on that first night, that this relationship is forever.

"Literally, after that first date, when we just started talking again, reconnecting, it just felt right," said Cassie.

In Al's eyes, forever would not be easy. Their home state of Michigan does not recognize marriage between two men or two women. It was when Cassie took a job in Waverly that Al realized, someday, she could legally be Cassie's wife.

"I was like -- Iowa, out of all places, no way. No way they have rights. And of course, they're one of the states that does," she said.

A few months later, Cassie proposed. As soon as they made the move from Michigan to Iowa, they made it official.

"I thought it was just going to be.. and it ended up everyone showing up. Even one of the pastors showed up, the dean of students. I was like -- this is really neat to have you all here and support us in our five minute ceremony," said Cassie.

The pair's lives now are just like any married couple.

"It's just...married life!" Al said, smiling.

While they know they're blessed to have each other, they also realize there is a very real risk of losing their rights.

"We also have to worry about, are we going to have rights in Iowa after the next couple years? It's really hard to say. I don't want to be a pessimist. But it's really hard to say -- I think its going to get better -- because you have a giant leap forward, but then you always have steps backward," Cassie noted.

But Al and Cassie don't want to live in fear of what might happen. They've already overcome many challenges in life, and even though Cassie cheers for the Saints while Al is a Steelers fan, together they're a team.

Online Reporter Colleen O'Shaughnessy

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