SEA CLIFF - Despite the opposition of many religious leaders, gay marriage will soon be legal on Long Island and throughout New York State, and some religious groups are embracing the idea by getting ready to perform same-sex weddings.

The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island has approved the officiating of gay marriages in its houses of worship, while in other denominations leaders are leaving it up to individual churches.

The Lutheran Church in New York lets a pastor decide whether they want to officiate a gay wedding. For Orthodox Jews, same-sex marriages have not been approved, but at the Community Synagogue of Port Washington - a reform congregation - it is welcomed.

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