After years of bucolic images of New England and Iowa same-sex weddings, New York's gay couples are pushing the glamour factor as they race to the altar to legally wed at last, beginning July 24.
Ceremonies are booked from the Four Seasons to Gracie Mansion, where the mayor himself will officiate at the wedding of two aides.
Yet even before New York joined five other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing these marriages, the trend's economic and social impact was becoming visible since Massachusetts led the way in 2004.
It can be seen in impersonal statistics and in the deeply personal stories of gay couples, their supporters and the opponents of this cultural shift.
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