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First Same-Sex Weddings Take Place In New York

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. - New York state ushered in gay marriage at the stroke of midnight Sunday, with a Buffalo couple among the first to wed.

Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd said "I do" moments after midnight on Goat Island, with rainbow-colored lights on Niagara Falls in the background. The couple have been together for more than 12 years.

The New York Times reported that after a bell rang in the new day, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster said, "By the power vested in me by the laws of the state of New York, I now pronounce you legally married." Lambert, 54, and Rudd, 53, kissed in front of more than 100 friends and family members, the Times said.

"We're so proud of everybody who crawled up this hill with us," Lambert said Saturday evening before the wedding, BuffaloNews.com reported.

In Albany, gay weddings began occurring at city hall, with the first couple mobbed by media, according to a Twitter feed from timesunion.com.

According to a tweet by Danny Hakim, Albany bureau chief for The New York Times, Albany Mayor Gerald Jennings claimed he beat the Niagara Falls wedding with a private ceremony in his office for two longtime friends. "Done by 12:01," according to the tweet.

Whoever was first, thousands more gay and lesbian New Yorkers were getting ready to say "I do" this weekend, as the Empire State became the sixth in the U.S. to embrace same-sex marriage.

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