(ARTICLES.BALTIMORESUN) — Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake will preside over a mass wedding of same-sex couples at this year’s Baltimore Pride Celebration, with the event drawing interest from couples as far away as Atlanta, according to organizers.

In November, Maryland became one of the first states to have same-sex marriage approved by voters in a referendum.

“After doing so much work on this — on the ballot initiative — we thought, how do we really celebrate this?” said organizer Carrietta Hiers, who plans to marry her partner of nearly 13 years, Tonya Cook, at the ceremony.

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