The first gay marriage in New York has officially taken place! Last night at midnight Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd tied the knot overlooking Niagara Falls. Check out the details from this historic event!
NIAGARA FALLS — At the very moment the state extended the right to marry to same-sex couples, Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd — surrounded by hundreds of friends and well-wishers in a historic ceremony against the backdrop of the rainbow-lit Falls — said, “I do.”
In doing so, the Buffalo couple claim to be the first gay New Yorkers to legally wed.
And with that groundbreaking celebration, many wedding planners and tourism officials in Niagara Falls are envisioning a new booming business.
They want to turn the down-and-out city back into the Wedding and Honeymoon Capital it once was.
SOURCE: Buffalo News
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As a way of showing the different faiths that have actively supported same-sex marriage, clergy from three different faiths oversaw it: Baptist, Jewish and Episcopalian.
As a wedding present to the couple, Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster personally paid for the falls to be lit the colors of the rainbow past midnight, and presented them with a framed photograph of the falls lit up with those colors.
Kitty Lambert wore an aqua blue dress to her wedding — the first same-sex marriage under New York’s new law.
The couple have been together for 12 years.
Dyster officiated at their wedding near the Bridal Veil Falls.
“By the power vested in me by the laws of the State of New York, I now pronounce you legally married,” said Dyster to cheers and applause.
“We’re so proud of everybody who crawled up this hill with us,” a teary-eyed Lambert, 54, said in an interview Saturday evening.