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Broadway to mark NY gay marriage law with nuptials

By Mark Kennedy

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, July 13 2011 4:25 p.m. MDT

FILE - In this March 5, 2009 file photo, the marquis for the Broadway musical "Hair" is shown in New York. The Broadway theater where "Hair" is being performed this summer will be the stage where some same-sex coupled will be married on July 24, 2011, the day gay marriage becomes legal in the state. The announcement came Wednesday, July 13, in front of the St. James Theater, where the touring revival of the hippie musical "Rent" has landed.

Peter Kramer, file, Associated Press

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NEW YORK — Some of the first gay marriages in New York will literally be a theatrical event.

The Broadway theater where "Hair" is being performed this summer will be the stage where some same-sex couples will be married on July 24, the day gay marriage becomes legal in the state.

The announcement came Wednesday in front of the St. James Theater, where the touring revival of the hippie musical has landed.

Rory O'Malley, a star of "The Book of Mormon" and a co-founder of the gay-rights group Broadway Impact, said several gay couples from the Broadway community will be married on stage right after that evening's performance.

New York will become the sixth and largest state with legal gay marriage when the law takes effect.

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