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Gay Wedding at 20,000 Feet

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SAS Airlines kicked off its "Love is in the Air" promotion Monday night with two same-sex, in-flight weddings over Swedish airspace.

A lesbian couple and a gay male couple were legally wed on a flight from Stockholm to New York. One of the journalists on board for the ceremony said it was the fastest he'd ever seen a fasten seat belt sign turn off after take-off because the ceremony had to take place while the plane was still flying over Swedish airspace.

The business class section of the airplane was turned into a makeshift chapel, with champagne, confetti, and even dancing.

The two couples were welcomed in New York with a rooftop celebration complete with food, drinks, and a performance from the in-flight crew. "Every person who worked this flight asked to be here," a female flight attendant told the crowd before picking up a guitar and, with the help of her colleagues, singing "I Am Who I Am" to the two couples.

The crew performed that song and more on the flight.

The two couples will spend a few nights in New York and then continue on to California for a West Hollywood honeymoon and domestic partner ceremony performed by the mayor.

On Tuesday, SAS will set off on a return flight to Stockholm with a gay American couple. But a spokesman for the airline said at Monday's party SAS "doesn't like to repeat itself." Instead of the being married in flight, the couple will be tying the knot at the Ice Hotel Thursday afternoon.

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