Marriage equality becomes legal in New York today as hundreds of gay and lesbian couples prepare to tie the knot — the first, Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd, taking their vows just seconds after midnight in Niagara Falls. In New York City, all 823 same-sex and opposite-sex couples who entered a special lottery have “won” the chance to the tie the knot in one of the five boroughs and officials “from more than a dozen cities and towns from Buffalo to Brookhaven said they would open their offices to issue marriage licenses on Sunday, and more than 100 judges across the state have volunteered to officiate at the couples’ weddings on the spot.”
NY 1 reports on the story of Phyllis Siegal, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, who have been together for 23 years and become the first same-sex couple to legally marry in the city. “It was just so amazing. It’s, it’s, it’s the only way I can describe it,” Siegal said. “I lost my breath and a few tears and it’s indescribable.” Watch it:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg will officiate at the wedding of two senior City Hall officials later today and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo plans to host a party “for gay rights advocates and lawmakers at a hotel near the meatpacking district.” “In Brooklyn, the borough president, Marty Markowitz, planned to open Borough Hall for a marathon series of weddings, complete with free cake and Champagne,” the New York Times reports.
New York is now the sixth and largest state to legalize same-sex marriages.
Freedom to Marry’s Michael Crowford is updating this photo album with pictures of today’s ceremonies.