Denver Welcomes Same-Sex Marriage With Free Weddings

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This week, Denver became one of the latest states to legalize same-sex marriage following the Supreme Court's refusal to rule on the issue. On Wednesday, the city commemorated the occasion as Mayor Michael Hancock performed free weddings for two couples whose unions were key in the fight for LGBT marriage rights.

Fran and Anna Simon, the first couple to receive a civil union in the state, reaffirmed their vows, while Steven Grauberger and Randell Burgess, the first pair to have their marriage license application denied under the injunction put in place this summer, celebrated their delayed nuptials. The ceremonies took place as part of the first Free Wedding Wednesday, a pilot program by the Denver Clerk's office offering up to six couples per month the opportunity to get married at no charge. All photos by Brandon Marshall