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Valentine’s Day is taking on a new meaning in Denver this year in what the city’s top politicians and advocates say is the first time all committed couples can tie the knot.Just four months after same-sex marriages began in Colorado, city and state politicians came together Friday to recognize the progress in marriage equality and mark how Denver’s annual day of hearts and love has another reason to bring exaltation.”I think it’s important for us to celebrate,” said Dave Montez, executive director of the statewide LGBT advocacy group One Colorado. “I think it’s important for us to look back and see how far we’ve come.”The city’s clerk and recorder’s office for the seventh straight year offered free marriage licenses on Friday, complete with prizes including hotel stays, restaurant vouchers and even a couple of free airline tickets.”It has a new meaning,” said Debra Johnson, the clerk and recorder.Johnson said her office was expecting a record-breaking turnout of more than 100 couples to get hitched by the end of the day.”Love is in the air,” she said.Denver Mayor Michael Hancock also touted the marriage equality progress, noting how much has been done in a year’s time.”It’s not so much about politics,” he said. “It’s not about laws.”Judge Herb Galchinsky sat in his streaming black gown, ready and waiting to marry couples lining up to get hitched. Gachinsky said he has presided over the city’s celebration for several years and that he welcomes same-sex marriage as a part of Colorado law that’s been a long time coming.”I think love is universal,” he said during a brief pause in the waves of loving couples shuffling in and out.Jesse Paul: 303-954-1733, [email protected] or twitter.com/jesseapaul – Click Here To Visit Article Source