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Gay Weddings Begin in DC


Tuesday marks the first day that same-sex couples can begin to marry in Washington, D.C. The first same-sex couples to tie the knot will be those who applied for licenses Wednesday and waited the required three business days.

According to the Associated Press, about 150 couples could pick up their marriage licenses beginning around 8:30 A.M. The person who performs their marriage will need to sign the license so that it can be returned to the marriage bureau and recorded.

Three morning weddings are planned at the office of the Human Rights Campaign. Watch the live stream below.

Hundreds of other ceremonies ranging from quick courthouse affairs to more elaborate events will take place over the next few weeks.

"Normally, the courthouse has four to six weddings a day, but over the next several weeks they are expecting 10 to 12 per day," reports the AP. "Some courtrooms and judge's chambers may be used for the ceremonies, with the couple's OK. The court's official marriage booklet has been updated so that the ceremony will end by pronouncing the couple 'legally married' as opposed to 'husband and wife.' "

Stay tuned for more coverage of the first same-sex weddings in Washington, D.C., throughout the day.

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