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Five Couples Celebrate Valentine's Day By Becoming U.S. Citizens

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Ten new U.S. citizens took their Oath of Allegiance in Yakima Thursday.

Family and friends gathered to congratulate the new Americans.
 
But this Valentine's Day ceremony included a bit of a twist.

It's not a very traditional way to spend your Valentine's Day, but for these five couples, it's probably one of the most memorable.

All ten of the new citizens are also married, celebrating their Valentine's Day by becoming naturalized citizens.

The couples come from a variety of different countries like Russia, Italy, India and Iran.

Mary and Matthew Duff came to the U.S. as citizens of the United Kingdom back in 2002. They lived in South Africa for many years and when their daughter moved to the states, they figured they'd come along, too.

"We decided it was time to move and the best place to move was the USA. The USA said, 'listen, your daughter's already an American citizen, come.' So we came," said Matthew Duff.

The Duff's had been living in the U.S. legally and decided it was finally time for them to make their citizenship official.

They say Thursday's ceremony, was the perfect way to spend their 48th Valentine's Day together.

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