Gay Couples Wed on First Day Same-Sex Marriage Is Legal

New York's same-sex marriage law took effect Sunday and gay couples around the state began legally marrying.

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Joseph Oroza, left, and Jim Consolantis, both of New York, talk to their witness, Pam Hodges, as they wait to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk's office, Sunday.
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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 24: Carol Anastasio, left and Mimi Brown of New York embrace during their marriage ceremony at the Manhattan City Clerk's office on the first day New York State's Marriage Equality Act goes into effect July 24, 2011 in New York City. Today was the first day gay couples were allowed to legally marry in New York State after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the historic legislation into law. (Photo by Craig Ruttle-Pool/Getty Images)
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Kimberley Moreno (R) and Wendy Torrington celebrate as they exit the Manhattan City Clerks office after receiving a marriage license July 24, 2011 in New York City.
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Lailah (R) and Rachel Pepe kiss while waiting on line to get married at the Brooklyn City Clerk's office on July 24, 2011. Today was the first day gay couples were allowed to legally marry in New York state.
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Jeannette Coleman, right, holds back tears as she and Kawane Harris, both of New York, arrive to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk's office, Sunday, July 24, 2011.
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Phyllis Siegel, 76, left, and Connie Kopelov, 84, both of New York, embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk's office, Sunday, July 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Phyllis Siegel, 76, arms raised, and Connie Kopelov, 84, in wheelchair, both of New York, celebrate after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk's office, Sunday, July 24, 2011 (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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Same-sex couples wait in line to receive marriage licenses at the Manhattan City Clerk's office, Sunday.
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Richard Skipper, left, and Daniel Sherman, of Sparkill, N.Y., wait to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk's office, Sunday, July 24, 2011, in New York.
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Wendy Torrington, left, and Kimberly Moreno, both of Long Beach, Miss., celebrate after getting their marriage license at the Manhattan City Clerk's office, Sunday.
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State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi, left, performs same-sex marriage ceremony for Jon Zehnder ,center, and Brian Banks, right, both of Albany, N.Y., at City Hall in Albany, N.Y., Sunday.
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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 24: New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn (L) and her partner Kim Catullo, to her right, attend the wedding of Marcos A. Chaljub and Freddy L. Sambrano at the Manhattan City Clerk's office on the first day New York State's Marriage Equality Act goes into effect July 24, 2011 in New York City. Today was the first day gay couples were allowed to legally marry in New York State after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the historic legislation into law. (Photo by Michael Appleton-Pool/Getty Images)
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