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‘Partner’ Becomes ‘Wife’ as N.Y. Begins Marrying Gay Couples

Yolanda Potasinski and Nancy Mertzel called each other “partner” since 1997. After their wedding yesterday in New York, which married gay couples for the first time, they can make it “wife.”

Clerks’ offices statewide and in New York City’s five boroughs, which are usually closed on Sundays, opened to honor the law that legislators passed in Albany last month and that took effect yesterday. With 19.4 million residents, New York was the sixth and most populous U.S. state to legalize gay marriages.