First Same-Sex Marriage Vows Exchanged Today in New York

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Former 'N Sync member Lance Bass tweeted the rainbow back-lit photo of Niagara Falls last night, which has since gone viral with more than 31,000 views.

At the stroke of midnight Sunday, same-sex couples began to legally marry for the first time in New York, the same state where the symbolic birth of the gay liberation movement occurred with the June 1969 Stonewall riots.

Many couples took their vows during a midnight ceremony at Niagara Falls against a cascade of rainbow-lit waterfalls. Hundreds more waited in queue this morning to seek marriage licenses at the city clerks' offices in all five boroughs as judges volunteered to work on their day off to marry the registered 823 couples.

Gay-rights activists Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd, who share 12 grandchildren between them, were among the first to become legally married in a Niagara Falls midnight ceremony. Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, together for 23 years, were the first couple to marry in Manhattan this morning. Siegel told the New York Post, "This is the first day of the rest of our lives.’’

The empire state is the sixth and largest state to legalize same-sex marriages, joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, along with Washington D.C., when it voted last month to take the logical step forward in the decades-long civil rights battle and allow gay couples to finally step forward together in a legally recognized union.

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