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Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) walk down the aisle on "The Fosters" in TV's first gay wedding since DOMA was struck down. (Adam Taylor / ABC FAMILY) Stef (Teri Polo) and Lena (Sherri Saum) walk down the aisle on "The Fosters" in TV's first gay wedding since DOMA was struck down. (Adam Taylor / ABC FAMILY)
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On the historic day this summer that Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo were married in Los Angeles andKristin Perry and Sandy Stier exchanged vows in San Francisco, a similar wedding took place in the backyard of a house in Long Beach, Calif.

The third nuptials belonged to fictional characters Stef Foster and Lena Adams of "The Fosters"—TV's first gay characters to say "I do" since the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act. The ABC Family drama's creators, Bradley Bredeweg and Peter Paige, credit "universal synergy" with the impeccable timing of the filming of the garden ceremony on June 28, the same day two of the couples challenging Prop 8 in California (which bans gay marriage) became legally wed.

The wedding is part of the show's first season finale, which airs on Aug. 5.

"I will never forget that day when Peter and I were sitting behind the monitors in our directors' chairs, just looking at the wedding on screen and looking at each other realizing what happened here on this day," Bredeweg said. "There were tears, there were hands being held. It was just quite a celebration of the show, of what was happening historically for gay and lesbian couples. It was beautiful."

Stef and Lena's is certainly not the first same-sex marriage on television. Although NBC's "Friends" received a lot of kudos for its lesbian wedding in 1996, two other sitcoms had already broken that ground. The first show to feature a gay wedding was Fox's "Roc" which showed a ceremony between two men; "Roseanne" followed suit in 1995.

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