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City Hall Opens Ceremonies to Gay Partners

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Gay couples who register as domestic partners will now be able to have full-fledged ceremonies at City Hall.

The New York Daily News reports that the New York City Clerk's Office will offer marriage-like ceremonies at its five borough offices, including the newly revamped marriage office in Manhattan beginning on June 3. In the past, domestic partners only got a certificate acknowledging that they had registered at City Hall.

The move comes after the New York State Senate voted down a gay marriage bill last year. While domestic partnerships do offer some improved benefits, like health care and tenancy rights, partners do not have the same inheritance rights a married couple would share.