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Virginia Governor Officiates at Lesbian Wedding

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    MOUNT VERNON, VA - FEBRUARY 17: Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe makes remarks during the "Official Observance of Washington's Birthday with the Governor" event at George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate, February 17, 2014 in Mount Vernon, Virginia. Monday is President's Day in the United States, where the nation celebrates the presidential birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

    Gov. Terry McAuliffe has become the first Virginia governor to preside over a same-sex wedding ceremony.

    McAuliffe officiated Friday at the wedding of a lesbian couple, Renee Bradley and Katherine Bradley-Black of Northern Virginia, and said he feels honored to be part of the "important occasion.''

    The U.S. Supreme Court effectively legalized gay marriage in Virginia on Monday by declining to review a lower court ruling striking down the state's ban on same-sex marriages.