It was billed as New York's first gay group wedding. Nearly four dozen same-sex couples gathered at Niagara Falls yesterday to exchange marriage vows in front of roughly 200 people at Goat Island.
After the ceremony, the couples signed their marriage licenses and many attended a reception near the Top of the Falls restaurant.
John Percy, the president and CEO of the Niagara Tourism and Convention Corporation, said the ceremony should serve as a kickstart to help the Falls rebrand itself.
State troopers kept about a dozen gay marriage protestors away from the ceremony.