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Guy Fieri marries 101 gay couples in Miami

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Food Network star Guy Fieri officiated the marriage of 101 gay couples in Florida. (AP)

Food Network star Guy Fieri officiated 101 gay weddings in Miami during the annual South Beach Wine & Food Festival.

The host of "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" oversaw the nuptials at The James Royal Palm hotel, hosted by chef Art Smith, who is gay and married his partner in 2010.

Smith, who is a Florida native and former chef to Oprah Winfrey and Gov. Bob Graham, announced the event in January when same-sex marriage became legal in the Sunshine State.  He created a social media contest where the first 101 couples to tweet him with the hashtag #101gayweddings would be entered to get married at the hotel.

Couples walked down the aisle in the courtyard of The James Royal Palm hotel as a small orchestra played.  Fieri, dressed in a tailored suit and electric-blue shirt, officiated the ceremony in honor of his late sister who was a lesbian.

Afterward, they were treated to a feast of fried chicken, grilled lamb, crab-stuffed avocadoes, empanadas and a seven-tier gold and silver cake from Duff Goldman, star of Food Network's reality show Ace of Cakes.

"My only agenda is to celebrate this and make it true in every state," said Goldman, who is also a gay-rights advocate. After reading of a baker who refused to make a cake for a lesbian couple a few years ago, Goldman tracked them down and made them a cake.

"We are not arbitrators of morality, we're cake decorators," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.