Niagara Falls N.Y.
July 24, 2011 by USA Post
Niagara Falls N.Y., Even in the glow of marriages through the middle of New York, hundreds of gay couples expected to marry on Sunday the first day that same-sex couples are legal in the Empire State. New York was the only one willing to accommodate several hundred persons of the same sex, and secretaries, judges and other officials in various cities around the state are opening their doors on Sundays to cater to gay couples.
The judges were being published in the offices of New York City employees on Sunday to officiate and to consider requests for exemption from compulsory State 24-hour delay between the issuance of a license and a special ceremony. Couples without waivers cannot marry until Monday or Tuesday, depending on whether your local licensing clerks problem Sunday.
Initially, New York, city officials had expected about 2,500 pairs may occur in the city clerk’s office in hopes of getting married on Sunday, but for the moment a draw for 48 hours had come to an end on Thursday, 823 couples had signed up – more than the city had planned to accommodate 59. The city will perform ceremonies for all 823.
The couples were married at the stroke of midnight Saturday in every corner of the state, Niagara Falls to the capital in Albany to Long Island.
New York became the sixth and largest state to allow gay marriages last month, an early voting was seen as a turning point in the national movement of gay rights and is expected to drive supporters and opponents alike.
Gay rights activists Kitty Cheryle Lambert and Rudd were legally married the first time might be during a midnight ceremony in Niagara Falls.
With a rainbow illuminated Niagara Falls as a backdrop, Lambert, 54, and Rudd, 53, were among the first gay couples to marry with the blessing of the state. Lambert and Rudd, grandmothers with 12 grandchildren between them, have been together for over a decade long fight for the right to marry.
The couple, both of Buffalo, smiled broadly as they exchanged traditional wedding vows, promising to love and cherish each other in sickness and in health. A crowd of several hundred people applauded when he declared married and shared their first kiss.
“What an amazing night this was,” said Lambert, who had an electric blue satin dress with a train of sequins for the ceremony at midnight and carried a bouquet of blue hydrangeas. “This was an amazing night. Everything was absolutely perfect.”
Rudd, wearing a white tuxedo with tails and white tennis shoes, said he felt “great relief” to be married, because now she is “like everyone else” and has the same rights.
“It feels great, I’m married,” he said with a laugh excitedly.
Mayor Paul Dyster performed the ceremony, which was attended by some state legislators whose vote last month made it possible.
Lambert said that in the days before the event that Mr Rudd had told him “way back when this happened we will not wait a moment longer than we have to.”
In Albany, Mayor Jerry Jennings performed marriages at 12:01 am Sunday in the Common Council chambers. A judge in State Supreme Court waived the state-mandated 24-hour period of waiting, Jennings said.
About 300 people packed the chambers of multiple ceremonies. Ariel Doutrich Heintze and Kerry, Boulder, Colorado, became a long-planned visit to a friend of a reason to get a marriage license. He hired three years, will marry later in the house of his friend, Jan Moyer, Brunswick.
“It is absolutely historic,” said Doutrich.
New York vote to allow gay marriage always-fresh energy to the national unity of the same sex. New York joined Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, along with Washington, DC
Supporters and detractors, many of whom reject gay marriage for religious reasons, said the vote in New York, led by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, to strengthen both sides.
Protests were planned throughout the state for the Sunday, including at the state Capitol.
In Niagara Falls, Lambert and Rudd chose Moon Island at the foot of the fall site of the ceremony; the tradition of countless other couples who have been there to marry more than a century. The waterfalls were turned on for the first time in the colors of the rainbow, symbol of the equality of gay pride.
The couple carefully planned ceremony would have to say, “I do” in a second past midnight, after a candlelight procession.
Niagara will also be the stage for a group wedding on Monday, with more than 40 couples who plan to marry at the same time.
On Long Island, Frank Strong, Simeone Patrick married – again – in North Hempstead, east of the city of New York. They married in Quebec three years ago and were considered married since they met and moved in together in 1988. They had a small ceremony with a handful of friends in front of City Secretary Leslie Gross and plans to be back in “business as usual” Monday morning.
“For me it was” About time, ‘”said Strong, director of 55 years, the operations of a retail business.
Simeone, a stylist in the North Shore of Long Island, said only sorry it took so long New York to recognize same-sex marriages.
“It is a leader in many different ways,” he said.
After the ceremony, Simeone said that despite 23 years of being together, it felt different.
“We are happily married,” he said shortly after 1 am “I feel more loving. Tender Kinder, more, more love.”
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