A state law signed June 24 by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo went into effect at 12:01 on Sunday, allowing hundreds of couples statewide to tie the knot.
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The rings of Michael Johnson, 55, and Michael Roberts, 81, of New York, are ready during their marriage ceremony at the City Clerk's office in New York Sunday, July 24, 2011. Hundreds of gay couples were expected to marry in New York and across the Empire State on the first day same-sex marriage ceremonies. UPI/Craig Ruttle/Pool
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