- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Clark County has hit the 1,000 mark in issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

The county’s Marriage License Bureau has handed out nearly 19,500 licenses since early October, including for same-sex couples. It typically issues more than 80,000 annually.

Las Vegas residents Christopher Barnson and Daryl Reed received the 1,000th license for same-sex couples, with wedding rings already on their fingers. They said Wednesday that they plan to get married later this month.

Las Vegas bills itself as the marriage capital of the world. Same-sex couples made up a little more than 10 percent of couples who obtained marriage licenses around the state in the week after the gay marriage ban was dissolved in Nevada.

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