Sat July 23, 2011
Same sex couples to say "I do"
By Eileen Buckley
Buffalo, NY – Same sex couples in New York State are getting ready to wed Sunday when a new law goes into effect. A couple from Buffalo will be the first to exchange vows. From member station WBFO in Buffalo, Eileen Buckley says they will be married one second after midnight at Niagara Falls.
A couple from Buffalo will be the first to exchange vows. They be married one second after midnight at Niagara Falls.
Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd will hold two wedding ceremonies. First a religious one, followed by a civil service, performed by Niagara Falls, New York Mayor Paul Dyster. The couple has five children and 12 grandchildren.
For more than a decade, Lambert and her partner fought passionately to legalize gay marriage, seeking to gain the same legal rights married couples share.
"No matter what, if I drop I just drop over dead tomorrow, Cheryle ows this house outright. My kids can't bother her for it, my crazy sister can't bother her for it. I no longer have to worry if Cheryle goes into the hospital, I have to stand there at one of the local hospitals, like I did, screaming at the woman that I have medical proxy. And so now we don't have to go through that anymore. I go to the hospital, this is my wife Cheryle," said Lambert.
Same sex opponents are planning a rally in Buffalo Sunday afternoon. New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms are vowing a multi-year fight to push for a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage.
But Lambert says her marriage takes no rights away from others. The couple won't reveal who asked them to become the first same-sex couple to marry in the state, but said they are humbled and honor to step forward to say "I do".