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Same-sex couple Steven Bridges (L) and Michael Snell exchange rings after filling out a marriage license at the City Hall in Portland, Maine December 29, 2012. Same-sex couples started marrying on December 29 in Maine, a state that made history on Election Day, joining Maryland and Washington to legalize gay weddings for the first time ever by popular vote.
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James Beckett, left and Ken Tidd share a kiss after getting married at Bangor City Hall on Saturday, December 29, 2012. Beckett and Tidd were the first couple to exchange vows in Bangor after voters approved gay marriage this past November. Buy Photo
Members of the University of Maine men's hockey team gather for a celebration photo Saturday night after winning the Florida College Classic in Estero, Fla.
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A view of buildings damaged by what activists said were missiles fired by a Syrian Air Force fighter jet loyal to President Bashar al-Assad in Daraya, near Damascus, December 29, 2012. Picture taken December 29, 2012.
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Giant panda Qin Chuan plays in the snow at Jinbao Park in Weifang, Shandong province December 28, 2012. A fresh cold snap will hit most parts of China in the coming three days, according to the National Meteorological Center's forecast on Wednesday, Xinhua News Agency reported.
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A follower of Afro-Brazilian religion Umbanda goes into a trance during a ceremony in tribute to Iemanja, goddess of the sea, in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro December 29, 2012. Every end of the year, worshippers present gifts to the sea goddess to give thanks for the year that is finishing and ask for blessings for the upcoming new year.