Same Sex Couples say “I Do”
History was made in New York State as you most likely heard if you have followed National News. Same sex couples are able to say “I Do” and can legally make their unions official under NYS law today. Niagara Falls planned a large group wedding to be held at Niagara Falls State Park today.
Despite the weather, many smiling couples joined in matrimony, 48 couples in all during the 30 minute ceremony, (this number has been reported by the TV stations as between 45 and 48, none of the three stations agreed or reported the same number).
New York is the largest state to recognize same-sex marriage, and it is a pivotal moment in New York. The state joined Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, and Washington, D.C., to legalize gay marriage, making it state number six.
History was actually made the night before as a local couple, brides Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd, said, ” I do” one second after midnight with Niagara Falls as a lighted backdrop.
It was officiated by the Mayor of Niagara Falls, seen above today. It may have been the first same-sex wedding to be officiated in the state since it was scheduled at the very moment that marriage was deemed legal to occur. The two grandmothers were quite happy to make their long-standing union legal.
Here are some images of the happy couples saying their vows and exchanging rings.
Volunteers formed the ‘Circle of Love’ to encircle the couples to both show support and to keep protestors back.
There was a small protest voicing opposition of same-sex marriages, but they really did not disrupt the event. Many police and park rangers were there to keep things orderly and the protestors, seen below, were very gentlemanly in their opposition.
The couples proceeded to an area designated to sign the marriage certificate.
A reception was held immediately following the ceremony. It seemed to welcome everyone as I walked through the area snapping photos. Many sweet treats were made available by a local bakery, but I left before the cake was cut. In fact, I am not sure if they actually cut the cake, since it was already displayed as cut pieces.
No this is not a post on blooms and flowers, but it really is something that does not happen everyday.
I ran into many neighbors and friends that came to watch the ceremony. Since I visit the Falls so often, I thought this might be a different look at Niagara Falls. I hope my reporting does the event justice.
And one final image… The Irony. See the cute Flower Girl? She is followed by the happy couple out of camera range.