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Same-sex couples wed in Seattle for first time

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Couples exchange vows during a mass wedding for 25 same-sex partners at Seattle First Baptist Church, Dec. 9, 2012, in Seattle, Wash. Sunday is the first day that same-sex couples can legally wed in Washington state.

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Johanna Flynn, left, makes her way out of City Hall with her wife, Allison Kelsey on Sunday in Seattle.

Reuters reported on Sunday:

Hundreds of well-wishers braved a damp and chilly Seattle morning to celebrate the first of 140 weddings at City Hall on Sunday, marking the first day that same-sex couples can marry in Washington state.

Washington, Maine and Maryland last month became the first U.S. states to extend marriage rights to same-sex couples by a popular vote, in a leap forward for gay rights.

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Terry Gilbert, left, kisses his husband Paul Beppler after getting married at Seattle City Hall, becoming one of the first gay couples to legally wed in the state, Dec. 9. Gov. Chris Gregoire signed a voter-approved law legalizing gay marriage on Dec. 5 and weddings for gay and lesbian couples began in Washington on Sunday, following the three-day waiting period after marriage licenses were issued earlier in the week.