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1st same-sex couple weds at Empire State Bldg.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Lela Mc Arthur, left, and Stephanie Figarelle, of Anchorage, Ak., pose for photos on the observation deck after their Valentines Day wedding ceremony at the Empire State Building, in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012.

Lela Mc Arthur, left, and Stephanie Figarelle, of Anchorage, Ak., pose for photos on the observation deck after their Valentine's Day wedding ceremony at the Empire State Building, in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Two women who met at the University of Alaska have become the first same-sex couple to be married at the Empire State Building.

Stephanie Figarelle and Lela McArthur exchanged rings Tuesday and promised to love each other for the rest of their lives.

The couple won an online contest. Theirs was the first of four Valentine's Day weddings being held at the landmark New York City skyscraper.

A wedding chapel was set up for the occasion. After the ceremony, the couple went to the observation deck for photos.

The 29-year-old Figarelle wore a black tuxedo for the ceremony. The 24-year-old McArthur wore a strapless white gown with a train.

Both work as personal trainers in Anchorage.

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