NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WIVB) - History will be made in New York State just after the stroke of midnight.
Gay marriage will officially become legal and couples across the state are planning to seize the moment.
In just under a half an hour the pre-ceremony festivities will begin on Goat Island in Niagara Falls for the first same sex marriage ceremony in New York State.
Getting married is a momentous occasion on its own but being the first same sex couple to marry is truly historic.
At 12:01am Outspoken for Equality President, Kitty Lambert and her partner Cheryl Rudd, will write the next chapter in New York State history.
It was never their plan to marry in such a public forum in front of over a thousand people but with their fellow activists clamoring for it, they could not refuse.
Lambert said, "We are looking at this, not just the two of us getting married with this incredible gift New York State has given us. We wanted to give back and the attention brought back to western New York. So people understand, come to New York and get married because everything here is beautiful and affordable. And you'll be so in love here, we know we are."
So here is a little preview of what will be going on later on, starting at 7pm the reception is going to be taking place. There will be food, drink and people gathering leading up to the official religious ceremony at 11pm. Three different ministers from three different denominations will be performing the marriage ceremony for Lambert and Rudd. And then at 12:01am the official marriage ceremony performed by Niagara Falls Mayor Paul Dyster just after the stroke of midnight, just after same sex marriage becomes legal in the Empire State.
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