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First Anniversary For Same-Sex Marriage In D.C.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Wednesday is a special anniversary for some married couples in Washington.

Wednesday is the first anniversary of the day same-sex couples began marrying in the nation’s capital.

Officials don’t track how many same-sex couples have married in the city, but applications for new marriage licenses more than doubled last year. In the year before same-sex couples were legally allowed to wed, there were some 3,000 applications. Last year there were some 6,500.

City officials began accepting applications for marriage licenses from same-sex couples on March 3 of last year, but because of a mandatory waiting period March 9 was the first day the couples were allowed to pick up their licenses and wed.

About 150 couples applied for marriage licenses on the first day they were able.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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