Just after midnight on Sunday at Niagara Falls, Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd became the first same-sex couple to be legally married in New York State.
They were among hundreds of gay and lesbian couples to take the plunge on Sunday after a law allowing same-sex marriages in New York came into effect. They made their vows in front of the famous waterfalls before more than 100 friends and relatives.
Lambert, 54, and Rudd, 53, met in Arizona after divorcing their husbands and have been together 12 years. They have five children and 12 grandchildren between them. “We’re finally getting the same rights as everyone else,” Rudd told the Associated Press. “Nobody can take that away from us any more.”
In New York City 823 same sex couples were granted licenses to marry on Sunday. Phyllis Siegal, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, were the first same-sex couple to become legally married in the city. The couple live in Chelsea and have been together for 23 years.
Couples began lining up at the entrance to Manhattan ‘s Office of the City clerk in New York at 4:30 am, and a crowd gathered to cheer the newlyweds as they left the building.
The city council speaker, Christine Quinn, who is gay, told reporters: “They’re here in the most amazing of moments, where their hometown and their state are saying that their family matters, that their family is just as good as everybody else’s. And part of the law that in words said they were less than other people, which wasn’t true, is now gone.”
The New York mayor, Michael Bloomberg, officiated at the marriage between his consumer affairs commissioner, Jonathan Mintz, and his chief policy adviser, John Feinblatt, on Sunday afternoon at Gracie Mansion, the mayor’s official residence. The mayor has been an outspoken champion of same-sex marriage rights.
New York is the largest state to legalize same-sex marriage. Others, including Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, plus Washington, D.C., and the Coquille Indian Tribe in Oregon, already recognize gay marriages, and gay rights activists are pushing for New York’s neighbor New Jersey to do the same. But most US states have brought in laws or constitutional amendments barring same-sex marriage, and they are not recognized at the national level by the US government.
1. take the plunge idiom
做出決定 (zuo4 chu1 jue2 ding4)
例: His mother advised him to think it over carefully before finally taking the plunge with his partner.
2. outspoken adj.
坦率的 (tan3 shuai4 de5)
例: The mayor is an outspoken advocate for gay marriage and gay rights.
3. bar v.
禁止 (jin4 zhi3)
例: The US has repealed laws barring homosexuals from serving in the military.
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