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First New York Gay Weddings In Video

It was a wedding 12 years in the making. Buffalonians Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd became the first same-sex couple to legally marry in New York State, just after midnight.

Gay couples have begun seeking marriage licenses in New York City on the first full day same-sex weddings are legal in the Empire State. Officials expect to host hundreds of same-sex weddings Sunday

Phyllis Siegal, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, were married in a chapel at the city clerk’s office as a crowd of onlookers cheered.

The two, of New York, have been together for 23 years. Kopelov left the clerk’s office in a wheelchair, but used a walker to approach reporters.

CNN’s Susan Candiotti follows one of the many gay couples who became officially married under the state’s new law.

On Sunday, July 24, 2011, the first day of Marriage Equality in New York, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz opened up Borough Hall to host the wedding ceremonies of the lucky couples.

Adam McKew and David Lewis wait in line to get married outside the City Clerk’s office in Manhattan on the first day same sex couples are allowed to marry in New York State.

On the first day they were eligible to wed in New York state, hundreds of gay couples celebrated while waiting the long line to finally say “I do.”

Here are a few photos from GLAAD

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