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Same-Sex Couples Celebrate First Weddings In Las Vegas

Nevada county clerks began issuing marriage licenses Thursday afternoon, and the first Las Vegas weddings took place Thursday night.

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The first same-sex marriages took place Thursday evening in Las Vegas, Nevada after a judge issued an injunction clearing up confusion about the end of the state's ban on same-sex couples' marriages.

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State Sen. Kelvin Atkinson and Sherwood Howard were the first couple wed in Las Vegas, the Associated Press reported.

Atkinson proposed to his partner of six-and-a-half years on Tuesday, the day the ban initially fell, at a marriage equality event in Nevada.

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"I'll do it here in front of everyone," Atkinson said. "Will you marry me?"

The first marriage license in Las Vegas went to Theo Small and Antioco Carillo, plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the same-sex marriage ban.

Congrats! First marriage license to a gay couple in #ClarkCounty #Vegas @antiocolv @vegastheo @LambdaLegal

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Congrats! First marriage license to a gay couple in #ClarkCounty #Vegas @antiocolv @vegastheo @LambdaLegal

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Video from the Clark County clerk's office showed the historic moment — and the accompanying media coverage.

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Here you have it, folks. First same-sex marriage license issued in #Vegas.

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Here you have it, folks. First same-sex marriage license issued in #Vegas.

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Outside Las Vegas, Kristy Best and Wednesday Smith were the first couple in the state to receive a marriage license, the AP reported.

Kristy & Wednesday are the first same-sex couple to marry in #Nevada! RT to congratulate them! #NV4M #lgbt

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A number of other couples also received licenses and were ready to wed.

This lovely couple has been together for 26 years. #FreedomNevada #NV4M #OneLove #HurryUpAlready

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Jefferson Ruck and his partner Thomas Topovski hug after getting their marriage license at the Clark County Marriage Bureau. They were among about 10 couples waiting at the office when the announcement that licenses could be issued came at 5 p.m.

One of the first same sex couples getting married in Las Vegas.

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One of the first same sex couples getting married in Las Vegas.

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Claudia Koerner is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Los Angeles.

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