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Love is in the air

Passengers on an overnight flight from San Francisco to New York woke to the sound of wedding bells and the announcement that two men had just got married on board.

It happened when the plane briefly diverted into Canadian airspace, where gay marriage is legal.

‘The head flight attendant made the announcement on the P.A. 'While you were sleeping, we had a little wedding in the galley. The captain diverted us over Canadian airspace so he could marry two gentlemen,’’ said Ryan McManus, a passenger who was returning home to New York.

The flight attendant is quoted as saying: ‘We'd like to wish them the best and offer them a round of applause,’ which passengers duly did.

While Canada became the fourth country in the world to legalise same-sex marriages In July 2005, New York City currently only offers same-sex commitment ceremonies. In California, activists are appealing Proposition 8, which defines marriage as being only between a man and a woman.

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