Couple Lenny Tweeden and Wayne Rosell on Thursday will challenge North Dakota's ban on gay couples marrying, WDAY News reported.

According to the report, Tweeden and Rosell will become the first gay couple to ask the state for a marriage license.

The Fargo couple will try to get a marriage license in Cass County.

When asked why now, the men cited Tuesday's federal court ruling declaring California's gay marriage ban, Proposition 8, unconstitutional.

“It kind of pushed me to follow through on this,” Tweeden said.

“I guess because what's happening in the rest of the country toward gay marriage and somebody's got to step forward for it,” Rosell said.

North Dakota forbids gay and lesbian couples from marrying. Voters in 2004 approved a constitutional amendment which defines marriage solely as a heterosexual union and bars the state from recognizing gay couples with civil unions. An overwhelming majority of voters (73%) approved the measure.

The couple, together 27 years, said they understand that their request will be denied, but added that it remains their dream.

“This is opening the door and where it goes from there, we will have to see,” said Tweeden, who owned the city's first gay bar.