Nelson Pitts, center, and colleagues from Hatch Creative Studio prepare to pass out flowers to a same-sex couple outside the City Clerk’s Office in New York on July 24, 2011. Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples across New York State began marrying on Sunday in the culmination of a long battle in the Legislature and a new milestone for gay rights advocates seeking to legalize same-sex marriage across the nation. (Michael Appleton for The New York Times) View article source here.