Barbara Bustard-Burnside (L) and her partner Carol Bustard-Burnside (2nd L), and Darlene Garner (3rd L) and her partner Candy Holmes (R), come out of the Moultrie Courthouse Building after they applied for marriage licenses at the Superior Court marriage bureau in Washington, DC.  (Alex Wong, Getty Images) US to recognize same-sex marriage in 6 new states

The federal government is recognizing gay marriage in six more states, extending federal benefits to those couples.

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