Grandmothers are first legally wed same-sex couple in New York

( A month after the state of New York legalized gay marriage, two grandmothers from Buffalo became the first same-sex couple to be married in the state, reports Reuters. Kitty Lambert, 54, and Cheryle Rudd, 53, married just after midnight on Saturday, July 23, at the Niagara Falls' State Park's Luna Island near the US-Canada border.


Lambert, an art gallery manager, wore a homemade blue satin dress, while Rudd, opted for a white tuxedo with tails. The grandmothers, who have five grown children between them from previous marriages, have been together for over a decade. Their wedding was attended by friends, family, supporters, and even tourists curious about the first New York state same-sex marriage.


Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster officiated the ceremony but was drowned out by applause before he could say "by the laws of the state of New York." For the couple, the marriage is a major step for gay rights in the United States. Lambert declared it "an amazing moment." "We’re achieving that real American Dream to be treated like everybody else and be protected under all those laws," said Lambert, a longtime proponent of gay rights and founder of the group OUTspoken.


According to Reuters, more than 40 other gay couples will say "I do" during a joint ceremony at Niagara Falls on Monday. New York marriage bureaus scrambled to hire additional staff and judges just to officiate the increasing number of weddings.


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Coverage of Lambert and Rudd’s historic wedding

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