Sunday, July 24, 2011, 18:01 , by PA
Video: Longtime partners Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd tied the knot in front of Niagara Falls at the stroke of midnight, becoming the first same-sex couple to wed in New York State. Video: AFP
Gay couples cheered by supporters have begun marrying in New York City on the first day same-sex weddings are legal in the Empire State.
New York City officials expect to host hundreds of same-sex weddings today. Clerks in New York City and about a dozen other cities state-wide are opening their doors to cater to same-sex couples.
In Manhattan, the first of about 100 couples waiting in line on a sweltering day began exchanging vows in a city clerk's office. Judges waived a mandatory 24-hour waiting period that allowed couples to exchange vows moments after receiving their licences.
A small number of same-sex couples got married at the stroke of midnight around the state.
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