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BC-US--Gay Marriage-10 Years Later,ADVISORY, US

May 15, 2014

Editors,

The 10th anniversary of the first legal same-sex marriages in the United States is Saturday.

The AP has sent the story GAY MARRIAGE-10 YEARS LATER for use now or beyond. It is accompanied by a chronology of milestones and a story listing some questions and answers about the debate.

A video featuring some of the first couples to marry will be available 1 a.m. EDT Friday. An interactive looks at America’s changing views on gay marriage with a state-by-state breakdown of how laws have evolved.

The story, sidebars and interactive may update Thursday as developments warrant.

GAY MARRIAGE-10 YEARS LATER

BOSTON — Supporters and activists routinely ask gay couples to meet with reluctant lawmakers to put a human face on the issue of same-sex marriage. They file lawsuits. They use unexpected allies — in some cases, churches — to spread their message. It’s a strategy that has had results, most recently in Idaho. But it was first tried in Massachusetts, where 10 years ago Saturday, gay couples became the first in the nation to legally tie the knot. Says one activist: “We’ve really used a spirit of relentlessness.” By Denise Lavoie. SENT: 1,000 words, photos, interactive. With GAY MARRIAGE-Q&A, questions and answers about facets of the debate, 440 words; GAY MARRIAGE-TIMELINE, a chronology of milestones in the movement, 460 words; and AP Graphic GAY MARRIAGE-OPINIONS.

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