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Hundreds of same sex couples to marry in New York

Wedding ceremonies for hundreds of gay and lesbian couples were being held across New York State Sunday, with advocates hailing the day as a milestone toward the eventual legalization of gay marriage nationwide.

Sunday marked the first day when a law allowing same sex marriage goes into effect across New York state, including the metropolis of New York City and its environs.

Niagara Falls, which shares the most powerful waterfalls in North America with a Canadian city of the same name, hosted the first marriage after the stroke of midnight, with the famous cascades illuminated in gay pride rainbow colors as the backdrop.

"This wasn't done with just the two of us," Kitty Lambert, one of the newlyweds who married her long-time partner Cheryle Rudd, told The Buffalo News newspaper. "Every single person here played a part in getting this law passed."

Cities and towns across the Empire State plan to open offices to issue the state's first marriage licenses to gay couples after New York legalized same-sex marriage on June 24 in a nail-biting vote.