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Same-Sex Couples Head To Courthouse

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By Rebecca Sheir

It's the first day same-sex couples can apply for marriage licenses in Washington, D.C.

The marriage bureau is offering new, gender-neutral license applications, which ask applicants to fill in the name of each "spouse," rather than the "bride" and "groom." And at civil marriage ceremonies performed at the Courthouse, the booklet for the person officiating the ceremony now reads, "I now pronounce you legally married," instead of "I now pronounce you man and wife."

Advocates of same-sex marriage say they expect more than 200 people to show up at Moultrie Courthouse today. The marriage bureau is bringing in extra staff in anticipation of the rush.

Washington will be the sixth place in the U.S. that allows gay marriages to be performed. Because of a mandatory waiting period, couples won't be able to say "I do" until next Tuesday.

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