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Courtney Scott, right, shares an embrace with Kelly (Credit: Ed Betz)

Courtney Scott, right, shares an embrace with Kelly Franke, both of Ronkonkoma, as they wait to get married at Brookhaven Town Hall. (July 24, 2011)

Same-sex couples marry around New York

New York became the sixth and largest state to recognize same-sex weddings.

Mary and Kathy Kane, left, and John and
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Mary and Kathy Kane, left, and John and Roland Hoffmann, say their vows during the same-sex mass wedding ceremony at Carlyle on the Green. (July 26, 2011)

Carlyle on the Green, at Bethpage State Park,
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Carlyle on the Green, at Bethpage State Park, hosts a mass same-sex wedding ceremony. At least 87 couples and 1,170 guests signed up. It's a wedding on a massive scale, with bouquets, champagne toasts, a DJ, food and open bar. (July 26, 2011)

Elizabeth Osgood and Evelyn Payne, of Manhattan, kiss
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Elizabeth Osgood and Evelyn Payne, of Manhattan, kiss at the conclusion of the mass wedding ceremony for same-sex couples. (July 26, 2011)

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Kathy, left, and Mary Kane embrace each other
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Kathy, left, and Mary Kane embrace each other after saying their vows. Carlyle on the Green hosted a mass same-sex wedding ceremony. (July 26, 2011)

Mary, left, and Kathy Kane, walk down the
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Mary, left, and Kathy Kane, walk down the aisle with their hands up during the ceremony. (July 26, 2011)

Councilman Fred L. Pollack marries Robin Weinrib, center,
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Councilman Fred L. Pollack marries Robin Weinrib, center, and Lauren Ernst at the North Hempstead Town Clerk's office. (July 24, 2011)

Councilman Fred L. Pollack marries Robin Weinrib, center,
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Councilman Fred L. Pollack marries Robin Weinrib, center, and Lauren Ernst at the North Hempstead Town Clerk's office. (July 24, 2011)

Carol Joy Adelman, left, legally marries Barbara E.
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Carol Joy Adelman, left, legally marries Barbara E. Scarcella, her partner of 36 years, at the North Hempstead Town Clerk's office. (July 24, 2011)

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Carol Joy Adelman, left, legally marries Barbara E.
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Carol Joy Adelman, left, legally marries Barbara E. Scarcella, her partner of 36 years, at the North Hempstead Town Clerk's office. (July 24, 2011)

John Burczyk, right, legally marries Antonino Puglia, his
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John Burczyk, right, legally marries Antonino Puglia, his partner of 35 years, at the North Hempstead Town Clerk's office. (July 24, 2011)

Town Clerk Leslie C. Gross marries John Burczyk,
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Town Clerk Leslie C. Gross marries John Burczyk, right, and Antonino Puglia, center, partners of 35 years, at the North Hempstead Town Clerk's office. (July 24, 2011)

Jonathan P. Moldanado, center, and his partner Stephen
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Jonathan P. Moldanado, center, and his partner Stephen Kies, right, fill out forms for marriage at the North Hempstead Town Clerk's office. (July 24, 2011)

Robin Weinrib holds Lauren Ernst's hand as they
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Robin Weinrib holds Lauren Ernst's hand as they wait to marry at the North Hempstead Town Clerk's office. (July 24, 2011)

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Vanessa Weiss and Marsha Kramer are married at
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Vanessa Weiss and Marsha Kramer are married at the North Hempstead Town Clerk's office. (July 24, 2011)

Terry Lehn, left, and Linda Beinhauer kiss during
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Terry Lehn, left, and Linda Beinhauer kiss during their wedding ceremony at Brookhaven Town Hall. (July 24, 2011)

Courtney Scott, right, leans against Kelly Franke, both
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Courtney Scott, right, leans against Kelly Franke, both of Ronkonkoma, before they get married at Brookhaven Town Hall. Left is Jeanette Scott, Courtney's twin sister, helping wipe away tears before the ceremony. (July 24, 2011)

Kelly Franke, left, and Courtney Scott, both of
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Kelly Franke, left, and Courtney Scott, both of Ronkonkoma, embrace after Judge Andrew Tarantino, background, pronounced them married at Brookhaven Town Hall in Farmingville. (July 24, 2011)

Terry Lehn, left, and Linda Beinhauer toast with
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Terry Lehn, left, and Linda Beinhauer toast with a glass of Champagne after their wedding ceremony at Brookhaven Town Hall. (July 24, 2011)

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Kelly Franke, left, places a ring on the
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Kelly Franke, left, places a ring on the hand of Courtney Scott, both of Ronkonkoma, as Judge Andrew Tarantino, center, performs a wedding ceremony at Brookhaven Town Hall. (July 24, 2011)

Phyllis Siegel holds up her marriage certificate after
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Phyllis Siegel holds up her marriage certificate after she and Connie Kopelov became the first to marry at Manhattan's City Clerk's Office in New York. New York became the sixth state allowing same-sex marriages. (July 24, 2011)

People celebrate Albany's legal same-sex marriage ceremonies outside
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People celebrate Albany's legal same-sex marriage ceremonies outside City Hall in Albany. (July 24, 2011)

Dale Getto, right, and her partner, Barb Laven,
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Dale Getto, right, and her partner, Barb Laven, both of Albany,N.Y., wait with family and friends for Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings to perform the city's first legal same-sex marriage at City Hall. (July 24, 2011)

Same-sex couples wait in line to receive marriage
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Same-sex couples wait in line to receive marriage licenses at the Manhattan City Clerk's office. (July 24, 2011)

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Kitty Lambert, right, and Cheryle Rudd celebrate their
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Kitty Lambert, right, and Cheryle Rudd celebrate their marriage in Niagara Falls, N.Y. With a rainbow-lit Niagara Falls as a backdrop early Sunday, Lambert, 54, and Rudd, 53, were among the first gay couples to tie the knot with the blessing of the state, which last month became the sixth and largest to sanction gay marriage. (June 24, 2011)

Wendy Torrington, left, and Kimberly Moreno, both of
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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 in New York. (July 24, 2011)

State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi performs same-sex
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State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Teresi performs same-sex marriage ceremony for Jon Zehnder, center, and Brian Banks, both of Albany, at City Hall. (July 24, 2011)

Kitty Lambert, left, dances with Cheryle Rudd after
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Kitty Lambert, left, dances with Cheryle Rudd after a spiritual ceremony before being married in Niagara Falls, N.Y. With a rainbow-lit Niagara Falls as a backdrop. (July 24, 2011)

Dale Getto, left, and Barb Laven both of
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Dale Getto, left, and Barb Laven both of Albany, N.Y., celebrate their marriage after Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings performed the city's first legal same-sex marriage ceremony at City Hall. (July 24, 2011)

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Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings performs same-sex marriage
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Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings performs same-sex marriage ceremonies at City Hall in Albany. (July 24, 2011)

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