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John O'Hara, left, and Roy Schmitt have been a couple for 31 years, but they still obsessed over documenting their lives together should the legitimacy of their union ever be questioned. Thrilled by the passage of the Marriage Equality Act, O'Hara and Schmitt said they're happy for young gays and lesbians. "We had to wait decades and decades for this," O'Hara said, "and they are 40 or 50 years ahead of us." (June 17, 2011)(Credit: John Dunn)

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LIers react to marriage equality law

Passage of the state's Marriage Equality Act means wedding planning for Long Island's estimated 3,500 same-sex couples can finally begin. Several local gay couples and their advocates shared their personal stories. Read more here.