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Gay marriage: Washington same-sex couples take vows

10 December 2012 Last updated at 05:08 GMT

Scores of same-sex couples in Washington State have taken their wedding vows, after a voter-approved gay marriage law came into effect.

Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples picked up their marriage licences on Thursday, but had to wait for the state's three-day waiting period before any ceremonies could take place.

Washington, Maine and Maryland are the first American states to grant marriage rights to same-sex couples.

Zoe Conway reports.