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Slideshow: Sworn on the 4th of July

Over 40 same-sex couples were married on Independence Day at the Texas state Capitol in what organizers billed as a "Big Gay Wedding" in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that bans on such unions are unconstitutional.

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Couples line up prior to the start of the "Big Gay Wedding" ceremony that united over 40 same-sex couples on the south law...
Over 40 same-sex couples and hundreds of friends, family members and supporters gathered on the south lawn of the Texas St...
Donn Gauger and Maxx Judd, who have been together for 11 years, fix each other's boutonnieres prior to the "Big Gay Weddin...
Glen Maxey, who was the first openly gay member of the Texas Legislature, gives remarks prior to the ceremony that married...
Couples embrace at the conclusion of the "Big Gay Wedding" ceremony on the south lawn of the Texas Capitol on July 4 after...
Kristin Taber and Pamela Holwerda, who travelled to Austin from Bell County, are pictured moments after being legally marr...
Pamela Holwerda and Kristin Taber hold hands after exchanging rings during a marriage ceremony that united over 40 same-se...
Pamela Holwerds holds up her marriage license following the ceremony that married over 40 same-sex couples on the south la...
Herbert Clayson Cloete and Mark Chavez smile as they watch Jodie Flint, who officiated the "Big Gay Wedding" ceremony, sig...
Kate Messer poses for a picture while Kai Gadd-Shefman tosses flowers in the air following the "Big Gay Wedding" ceremony ...
Many couples brought flowers and signs with them to the ceremony.

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