First In New York Gay Wedding to Take Place at Niagara Falls at Stroke of Midnight on Sunday

Advocates for same-sex marriage are planning to ring in the new law’s passage with a celebratory ceremony in the shadow of Niagara Falls the minute it becomes legal for same-sex couples to wed.

The inaugural couple will be Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd, Buffalo residents who have been trying to wed for over a decade and who have five children and 12 grandchildren between them. According to a release from New Yorkers United for Marriage, the couple will marry at Luna Island while the Falls behind them will be lit with the colors of the rainbow flag.

Mark Grisanti, a Republican whose vote in favor of same-sex marriage proved crucial to the passage of the bill, is expected to attend.

Here in New York City, Mayor Bloomberg will celebrate the new law by presiding over a Gracice Mansion wedding of his chief policy adviser, John Feinblatt, to his long-time partner, Jonathan Mintz.