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On June 24th 2011, days before the 42nd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Marriage Equality Act into law, making New York the sixth and largest state in the U.S. to legalize marriage for same-sex couples. When the law took effect 30 days later, city clerk's offices across the state took unprecedented measures to open their doors on Sunday.

In Manhattan, 459 couples were accepted by lottery to exchange vows on the first day the law took effect. These couples queued outside the clerk's office hours before doors opened, many having waited years or decades for the right to marry.