Same-Sex Couples Exchange Vows in New York

I will be glad when the day comes when this is no longer a top or hot news story. I really could care less about who is getting married: gay, straight, black, white, green or purple. Let's get over our fascination with people's sexuality.

New York is now the sixth state, along with the District of Columbia, allowing same-sex marriages.

Across the Empire State, couples exchanged vows shortly after midnight. At Niagara Falls, gay marriage activists Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd were wed in front of the rainbow-lit falls just a second or two after the clock struck 12.

Getting married at midnight requires some creative scheduling. Cutting the cake came hours before they tied the knot. So did the dancing, speeches and entertainment. Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster performed the marriage ceremony as several hundred people looked on.

Most New York couples must wait 24 hours after receiving a license to have a ceremony, but Lambert and Rudd received a waiver. They're both grandmothers in their 50s and they've been advocating for gay marriage in Buffalo, where they live, for at least seven years. Lambert says she wanted to be the first same-sex couple to be legally married in New York.

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