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First same-sex marriages made in New York

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Gay couples dressed in everything from tuxes and gowns, to T-shirts, as they said their vows and raised their marriage certificates in triumph yesterday. New York yesterday became the sixth and largest state to recognize same-sex weddings.

Hundred of couples began saying "I do" at midnight from Niagara Falls to New York City. Ceremonies continued throughout the day at municipal offices that opened for special weekend hours.

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Fifty couples signed up for a group wedding today overlooking Niagara Falls.   Niagara Falls officials hope their city – long an iconic honeymoon destination — will be among the biggest benefactors of the state's new gay marriage law.

Empire State Development Corporation estimates the legalization of gay marriage will generate about $400 million in economic benefits statewide over three years.

In the North Country, WWNY TV reports that four same sex couples came to city hall in Watertown yesterday to get marriage licenses.  Bridget – and soon-to-be - Pat Conner said it was “awesome”  to be the first to get their license in Watertown under the new law.  They said they had considered moving in order to get married, but now they plan to be New Yorkers for life.

Meanwhile, thousands of opponents spent the day protesting. The National Organization for Marriage held rallies yesterday in New York City, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo.

The protestors said Governor Andrew Cuomo and lawmakers redefined marriage without giving voters a chance to weigh-in. Protesters chanted "Let the People Vote!'' at rallies across the state.

Democratic state Senator Ruben Diaz said at a rally that he and other opponents will try to get the marriages annulled. He says judges broke the law by waiving a 24-hour waiting period.

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