NIAGARA FALLS — New York State ushered in same-sex marriage at 12:01 a.m. with the wedding of a Buffalo couple, punctuating the end of a long fight for gay-rights activists.
Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd were wed in Niagara Falls just after midnight.
"By the power vested in me by the laws of the State of New York, I now pronounce you legally married," said Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster, who performed the ceremony, with the Bridal Veil Falls thundering behind him.
After exchanging rings and sending out wishes to 44 states that don't recognize same-sex marriage, the couple danced in the grass near the falls.
Hundreds began gathering on Goat Island earlier in the night, waiting for the two to become among the first gay couples to legally marry in New York State following this morning’s enactment of the Marriage Equality Act.
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