June 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm EDT | by Michael Key
Mass wedding at Baltimore Pride
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(Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Nineteen couples were surrounded by hundreds of well-wishers at Druid Hill Park on Sunday for Baltimore’s first mass same-sex wedding. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake officiated at the ceremony held during the Baltimore Pride Festival. The event was organized by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center of Baltimore and Central Maryland (GLCCB).

Same-sex marriage became legal in Maryland on Jan. 1 following a referendum passed in November 2012 by a 52-48 percent margin.

Michael Key has worked as a photojournalist for the Washington Blade since 2009 and is currently serving as the photo editor. He has worked on Capitol Hill, in the White House, on the campaign trail and in cities along the East Coast taking iconic photos documenting the extension of marriage benefits to same-sex couples, the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and other events of interest to the LGBT community. Follow Michael

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