Couples in Westchester wed on 1st day gay marriage is legal in NY

Buoyant gay couples cheered by supporters began marrying Sunday in Manhattan on the landmark day that New York became the sixth and largest state to recognize same-sex weddings.

About 15 same-sex couples arrived at Greenburgh Town Hall to get their marriage licenses and rather than wait, most of the couples decided to tie the knot on the spot on this historic day.

The first gay couple to be wed at Greenburgh Town Hall were Dr. Joanne Gjelsten and Paula Sabul, of Chestnut Ridge, making their 32-year relationship official in the eyes of the state.

After the couples applied for their marriage licenses, they then met with a judge who decided whether to waive the state's 24 hour waiting period after a license is granted. Following that the couples had the option to say "I do" on the spot, or wait and get married at another venue of their choice within 60 days.AP wire services were used in this report.

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