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    New York’s First Gay Couples Wed

    Kitty Lambert, right, and  Cheryle Rudd celebrate their marriage in Niagara Falls, N.Y., Saturday, July 23, 2011. With a rainbow-lit Niagara Falls as a backdrop early Sunday, Lambert, 54, and Rudd, 53, were among the first gay couples to tie the knot with the blessing of the state, which last month became the sixth and largest to sanction gay marriage.  (AP Photo/David Duprey)

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    With rainbow-colored waterfalls behind them, Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd became the first same-sex couple to marry in New York on Sunday, taking advantage of the state's new law allowing for gay marriage. (Or at least one of the first; there are competing claims.) The pair, who are grandmothers to 12 children from previous marriages, were wedded by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul A. Dyster just after midnight—12 years to the day after their first date. “I may be the first person standing here in history,” Lambert said, “but I’m just an ordinary grandma.” Hundreds of couples are expected to follow suit today; 823 have signed up to get hitched in New York City alone.

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