Las Vegas celebrates gay marriage milestone

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Clark County partnered with the Las Vegas business community to mark a local gay marriage milestone on New Year’s Eve.

According to the county, Phoenix residents Ronald Bauman and Dumitru Alexeev received the 5,000th same-sex marriage license issued in Clark County since the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of gay marriage in the state.

The county says the couple planned to marry Friday in Las Vegas. They were offered a number of gifts by local businesses, including a basic wedding package at Luxor Wedding Chapel, stays at Circus Circus Las Vegas and Mandalay Bay, and tickets to the “Michael Jackson One” show and the High Roller.

The Marriage License Bureau started issuing licenses to same-sex couples on Oct. 9, 2014.

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