New Paltz, New York:

…today, angered by President Bush’s call this week for a constitutional amendment banning gay marriages, they hope to take their relationship one step further in New Paltz, N.Y., where the mayor, Jason West, has said he will perform marriages for up to a dozen same-sex couples today.

After making headlines in San Francisco and Massachusetts, the national debate over gay marriage migrated today to a smaller stage, the Hudson Valley community of New Paltz north of New York City, after Mr. West said that several gay couples would be married.

…Mr. West is expected to perform ceremonies for gay couples that solemnize a marriage, the first such ceremonies in New York State, where same-sex couples have historically been refused marriage licenses.


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