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James Scales (above left) and William Tasker are all smiles after their wedding ceremony at Baltimore City Hall in Baltimore, just minutes after midnight when the unions became legal in Maryland. Shehan Welihinda and Ryan Wilson (left) simultaneously place wedding rings on each others’s fingers during their ceremony, also at City Hall. Same-sex couples now can marry in Maryland after the legislature and a voter referendum made them legal. (Associated Press)

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