New York became the sixth state to legalize same-sex marriage in June, and the wedding festivities kicked off yesterday — the first day couples were allowed to obtain marriage licenses. Many longtime partners filled Manhattan's city clerk office, as well as other city and town marriage bureaus, to officially become newlyweds. At the mayor residence Gracie Mansion, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg officiated the wedding of his longtime staffers, while the couple's two daughters acted as flower girls.
In total, more than 800 couples showed up from across the state and country, and now that New York allows gay marriage, the number of Americans living in states where gay and lesbian couples can tie the knot has doubled. See photos of the historically big day now.