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Same-Sex Couples Line Up for Sunday Weddings

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Hundreds of same-sex couples signed up to be married in New York on Sunday — the first day gay marriage is legal in the state. 

None of the 823 couples who entered a lottery to get married on Sunday will be turned away, city officials said. Couples will be seen by judges who will grant each a marriage license and a waiver of the usual waiting period.

New York became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage when lawmakers approved the historic bill during an overtime legislative session in Albany last month.

The vote came days after contentious closed-door deliberations by Senate Republicans that put New York into the national spotlight on the hot-button issue — which had been defeated in 2007 and again in 2009 in the state.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos delayed bringing the bill to a vote and leadership in both chambers extended the session beyond the June 20 deadline to wrangle over issues with property tax and rent regulations, among other measures.

The bill gained fresh traction when Governor Andrew Cuomo said marriage equality would be a centerpiece of his agenda.

With the Associated Press

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