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A Milestone for Gays, A Boon for Massachusetts

By Keith B. Richburg Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, September 3, 2008; A03

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. — The news flashed to Kathy Arminio as an instant electronic bulletin from a gay rights advocacy group: New York Gov. David A. Paterson (D) had issued a directive ordering state agencies to recognize same-sex weddings performed in other jurisdictions.

Within seconds of learning about it in May, Arminio, 51, called Kim Angotti, 38, her partner of six years, with the question she had long wanted to ask: “Do you want to get married?”

Angotti called their friend Robert Schlicker,

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