On this day: May 17

Published On: May 16 2013 03:12:43 PM CDT   Updated On: May 17 2013 01:00:00 AM CDT

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 the same day.

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