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Four Weddings

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Today, we have a story in four parts, each of them a wedding ceremony. Part one features Paul McCarthy and Trent Kandler, one of dozens of couples who tied the knot today in New Zealand, as it became the 13th country to allow same-sex marriage. Part two focuses on Eugene and Kirstin Han, survivors of the Aurora shooting who decided to get married exactly one year after the deadly rampage, making the anniversary date one of happy memories, not only painful ones. Part three shows Cynthia Wides and Elizabeth Carey, who were married at San Francisco's City Hall on June 29 after a federal appeals court allowed California to lift a four-year freeze on same-sex marriage licenses. And the fourth part features Brian Whiteside, a humanist officiant, performing a ceremony in Ireland, where a recent ruling made atheist weddings legal. [25 photos]

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Clockwise, from top left: Paul McCarthy and Trent Kandler kiss after being married at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, on August 19, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand. Aurora shooting survivors, now newlyweds, Eugene and Kirstin Han smile at each other after exchanging vows during their wedding ceremony at Village East Baptist Church, in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, 2013. Cynthia Wides and Elizabeth Carey show their wedding rings after marrying at City Hall in San Francisco, California, on June 29, 2013. Suzy Addis makes her way from her bridal suite to her humanist wedding ceremony -- one of many newly-allowed atheist wedding ceremonies -- at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath, Ireland, on July 17, 2013. (Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images - AP Photo/Brennan Linsley - AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez - Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)
Clockwise, from top left: Paul McCarthy and Trent Kandler kiss after being married at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, on August 19, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand. Aurora shooting survivors, now newlyweds, Eugene and Kirstin Han smile at each other after exchanging vows during their wedding ceremony at Village East Baptist Church, in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, 2013. Cynthia Wides and Elizabeth Carey show their wedding rings after marrying at City Hall in San Francisco, California, on June 29, 2013. Suzy Addis makes her way from her bridal suite to her humanist wedding ceremony -- one of many newly-allowed atheist wedding ceremonies -- at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath, Ireland, on July 17, 2013. (Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images - AP Photo/Brennan Linsley - AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez - Reuters/Cathal McNaughton)
Part One
Paul McCarthy, along with flower girl Amanda Wenham (L) and matron of honor Tracey Moloney, poses with his marriage certificate prior to his wedding ceremony at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa, on August 19, 2013 in Wellington, New Zealand. Australian couple Paul McCarthy and Trent Kandler were flown to Wellington by Tourism New Zealand in a promotion to highlight to Australians that same-sex marriage is legal in New Zealand. (Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images) #
Paul McCarthy (left) and Trent Kandler enjoy a laugh during their marriage ceremony at the Museum of New Zealand, in Wellington, on August 19, 2013. (Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images) #
Paul McCarthy receives his wedding ring from Trent Kandler during their wedding at the Museum of New Zealand, in Wellington, on August 19, 2013. (Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images) #
Two Lego men decorate the top of Paul McCarthy and Trent Kandler's wedding cake prior to the reception at Martin Bosley's in Wellington, on August 19, 2013. (Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images) #
Paul McCarthy and Trent Kandler kiss while rubbing a giant greenstone (pounamu) after being married at the Museum of New Zealand in Wellington, on August 19, 2013. (Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images) #
Paul McCarthy and Trent Kandler celebrate after being married in Wellington, New Zealand, on August 19, 2013. (Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images) #
Part Two
Aurora shooting survivors Kirstin Davis and Eugene Han, during their wedding ceremony at Village East Baptist Church, in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, 2013. The date -- one year exactly since the shootings -- was chosen by the couple so the anniversary would bring joy in the future, not just painful memories. In 2012, Eugene was shot while trying to protect his longtime girlfriend Kirstin from harm during a shooting rampage in an Aurora theater. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #
Aurora shooting survivors, now newlyweds, Eugene and Kirstin Han smile at each other after exchanging vows during their wedding ceremony at Village East Baptist Church, in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #
Kirstin Han hugs her new mother-in-law Rosa Han, shortly after Kirstin and her husband Eugene Han exchanged vows, in Aurora, on July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #
Newlyweds Eugene and Kirstin Han smile at each other after exchanging vows in Village East Baptist Church, in Aurora, Colorado, on July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #
Kirstin Han prepares to throw her bouquet during the wedding reception for her and her husband Eugene Han, in Denver, on July 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #
Aurora shooting survivors, now newlyweds, Kirstin and Eugene Han perform the ceremonial first dance during their wedding reception, in Denver, on July 20, 2013 -- one year to the day since Eugene was shot while trying to protect Kirstin from harm during a shooting rampage in an Aurora theater. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley) #
Part Three
Cynthia Wides and Elizabeth Carey hold hands as they walk to be married at City Hall in San Francisco, California, on June 29, 2013. Dozens of gay couples lined up outside City Hall in San Francisco as clerks resumed issuing same-sex marriage licenses one day after a federal appeals court cleared the way for the state of California to immediately lift a 4-year freeze. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) #
Cynthia Wides (right) and Elizabeth Carey file for a marriage certificate at City Hall in San Francisco, on June 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) #
Cynthia Wides and Elizabeth Carey exchange wedding vows at City Hall in San Francisco, on June 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) #
Cynthia Wides and Elizabeth Carey show their wedding rings after marrying at City Hall in San Francisco, on June 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) #
Cynthia Wides, and Elizabeth Carey conduct an interview in City Hall on their wedding day, in San Francisco, on June 29, 2013. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) #
Cynthia Wides and Elizabeth Carey embrace each other as they turn in their marriage license at City Hall in San Francisco, on June 29, 2013. (Reuters/Stephen Lam) #
Part Four
Suzy Addis makes her way from her bridal suite to her humanist wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath, Ireland, on July 17, 2013. Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed atheist wedding ceremonies this year for the first time, but the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by the hundreds of couples seeking their services. (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton) #
Bride Suzy Addis arrives for her humanist wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, on July 17, 2013. (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton) #
Director of Ceremonies Brian Whiteside conducts a humanist wedding ceremony for groom Brendan Hastings and bride Suzy Addis at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, on July 17, 2013. (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton) #
A marriage certificate, displayed after a humanist wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, on July 17, 2013. (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton) #
The groom, Brendan Hastings and bride, Suzy Addis are covered in confetti after their Humanist Wedding at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, on July 17, 2013. (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton) #
Confetti lies on the head of bride Suzy Addis after her humanist wedding ceremony at the Millhouse in the village of Slane, County Meath, Ireland, on July 17, 2013. Traditionally Catholic Ireland has allowed atheist wedding ceremonies this year for the first time, but the few people certified to celebrate them are overwhelmed by the hundreds of couples seeking their services. (Reuters/Cathal McNaughton) #

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