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Gay wedding profile: Jamie McGonnigal and Sean Carlson

Sean Carlson, 29, left, and Jamie McGonnigal, 37, were married on a beach in Provincetown, Mass., on May 18, surrounded by family and friends. On May 17, 2004, Massachusetts became the first state to legalize same-sex marriage after the state’s Supreme Court ruled in Goodridge v. Department of Public Health that Massachusetts could not prevent same-sex couples from marrying. Twelve states and the District of Columbia now allow gay couples to wed. (Photo courtesy of Michael Sinterniklaas and Stephanie Sheh)

Couple’s ‘purposeful wedding’ acknowledges battle for same-sex marriage

June 14, 2013

Before the end of June, the Supreme Court will likely issue rulings on two landmark same-sex marriage cases. In one, United States v. Windsor, the court could determine whether the federal Defense of Marriage Act violates the constitutional rights of same-sex couples. The other, Hollingsworth v. Perry, tackles Proposition 8, California’s ban on gay marriage that voters narrowly passed in 2008. Ahead of the decisions, Yahoo News asked same-sex couples who married since the arguments ended to share stories and photos from their wedding and how they feel as the rulings loom. Featured in this slideshow are Sean Carlson and Jamie McGonnigal, who married in May in Massachusetts. —Tim Skillern