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Patt Morrison for May 31, 2012




Same-sex couples kiss at a recommitment ceremony outside the County Clerk’s Office in Los Angeles on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2011. The couples requested and were rejected for marriage licenses as part of a national “Request Marriage” action and call for the repeal of Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
Same-sex couples kiss at a recommitment ceremony outside the County Clerk’s Office in Los Angeles on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2011. The couples requested and were rejected for marriage licenses as part of a national “Request Marriage” action and call for the repeal of Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act.
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