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First same-sex marriage in New York performed at midnight

By Chris Jamele


Buffalo, NY – At one minute after midnight Sunday morning, Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd became the first same-sex couple in New York State to legally wed.

A State Supreme Court Justice waived the twenty-four hour waiting period for the couple and such waivers for other couples are being considered. Niagara Falls was the backdrop and Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster officiated at the ceremony, while hundreds of family and friends looked on. Lambert claims that she and her married partner are not significantly different than other couples.

The Common Council is opening the City Clerk's Office to issue marriage licenses today from ten in the morning until one in the afternoon.

Opponents to the legislation legalizing same sex marriages are organizing a rally this afternoon that will take place at City Hall.