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At midnight on New Year’s Day, Maryland became the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to allow same-sex marriage.Seven couples, including two men in their 60s who have been together for 35 years, rang in the new year with ceremonies at Baltimore’s City Hall, USA Today reported Tuesday.
But they weren’t alone. Following November’s election, same-sex couples in Washington state and Maine were also able to tie the knot.
Pictures from the various ceremonies show nothing but joy and love as same-sex couples, many of whom have been together for decades, were able to obtain a marriage licence.
In Maryland, James Scales (left) and William Tasker rang in New Year's Day with their kiss as a married couple. The two had been together for 35 years before their wedding.
Tasker in particular was pretty excited after he and Scales were wed by Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.
In total, seven same-sex couples got married on Jan. 1 at Baltimore's City Hall. Darcia Anthony (left) and Danielle Williams were one of those couples.
Shehan Welihinda (left) and Ryan Wilson also celebrated their big day on Jan. 1. Check out their flashy matching attire.
Same-sex couples in Seattle, Wash., turned out in droves at midnight on Dec. 6 to legally tie the knot.
Zone Montoya, Tasha Bassett, Nick Chicka, and Jeff Lovern were all smiles as both couples received their marriage licenses at 3 a.m. in Seattle.
Jane Abbott Lighty (L) and Pete-e Petersen celebrated as the clock struck midnight on Dec. 6 in Seattle. The women met on a blind date in 1977 and have been together ever since, CNN reported. Lighty was 77 and Petersen was 85 when Washington legalized gay marriage.
But they weren't the only ones celebrating. Brendon Taga (left) and Jesse Pageat were the second couple to get a same-sex marriage licence in Washington state.
Same-sex couples lined up to get their marriage licenses or cheer on their friends in Maine on Dec. 29.
K. Barrett Wilkinson and Katie Kondrat head into the City Hall in Portland, Maine to make their marriage legal..
At the end of the night, those lines seem worth it as now-married couples left the clerk's office together.
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