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Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi mark fourth wedding anniversary

Couple wed in California during brief window of opportunity in 2008

The wedding ceremony of talk show host Ellen DeGeneres and actress Portia de Rossi made the cover of People magazine  - a first for a same-sex couple - when it took place four years ago today (16 August).

A couple since 2004, DeGeneres and de Rossi took their vows during a four-month period when same-sex marriages were legal in the state of California before the passage of Proposition 8.

'Happy 4th anniversary to my beautiful wife, Portia,' DeGeneres tweeted. 'This has been the best 4 years of my life.'

DeGeneres' talk show will have its 10th season premiere on Sept. 10. De Rossi is reprising her role of Lindsay Bluth Funke in Arrested Development. She has also just been cast in the role of Lily Munster in NBC's Mockingbird Lane, an update of the 60s sitcom The Munsters.

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