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On this day: May 17

POSTED: 01:12 PM PDT May 16, 2013    UPDATED: 11:00 PM PDT May 16, 2013 

St. Louis nearly burns to the ground, the first Kentucky Derby is held, the Supreme Court strikes down segregated schools, the Senate Watergate Committee begins televised hearings, and same-sex marriages begin in Massachusetts, all on this day.

OTD May 17 - gay marriage
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2004: Massachusetts becomes the first state in America to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The state normally has a three-day waiting period before issuing marriage licenses, but many couples obtained waivers of the waiting period in order to be wed right away on May 17.

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