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Obama Reportedly Sends Letter To Gay Couple Congratulating Them On Their Marriage (PHOTO)

12/20/2011 09:47 am ET | Updated Dec 20, 2011

A recently married gay couple from New York reportedly got a pretty big surprise over the weekend, when they received a letter from President Barack Obama congratulating them on their "union."

BuzzFeed spoke with Matt Katz, who seemed somewhat perplexed at the reason for the belated message of support.

"I'm not sure why the letter got sent to us. Aaron and I were married on July 24th at Borough Hall," Katz told BuzzFeed. "However, we had our wedding ceremony on July 23rd at my dad's house the day before. Maybe word got out that we were outlaws for a day?"

Katz and his husband, Aaron Lafrenz, were one of the first couples to get married on the day same-sex marriage was legalized in New York. Some pictures of their ceremony have been posted on their Flickr page.

Obama has repeatedly said that he believes the issue of gay marriage is best left to the states. While he has spoken out against the Defense of Marriage Act and campaigned against the military's anti-gay "don't ask, don't tell" policy, he has yet to personally voice support for gay marriage. He's instead said that his views on the matter continue to "evolve," and that he's "working on" his feelings about it.

Photo of the letter below, via Matt Katz's Facebook page:

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