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Those 823 Marriages are underway in the Big Apple

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Today, in NYC, 823 couples are scheduled to get married. There had been so many requests that Mayor Bloomberg instituted a lottery system, capped at 764. But, all of the 823 couples who applied for the lottery were told they could marry today. And, those marriages are underway.

Freedom to Marry's Michael Crawford is tweeting, including some great photos, from the scene in at City Hall Manhattan.

CNN has video of one of the first weddings in NYC. Watch Phyllis Siegal, 77, and Connie Kopelov, 85 get married. Seriously, watch:

Here's video of the first marriage in Brooklyn, between Michael Furey and Bienvenido Amagna, via Steven Thrasher from the Village Voice, who tweeted:

Here's my (shaky) video of the 1st ever #ssm in Brooklyn. Note thr judge almost crying

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