Same Sex Marriage Takes Effect In New York

07.25.11 | Sarah Harnisch

Over 800 same-sex couples were married across the state of New York on Sunday -- the first day the new gay marriage took effect. Niagara Falls logged the first gay marriage, just a few minutes after midnight Sunday.

At the same time, traditional marriage advocates rallied outside Governor Andrew Cuomo's midtown Manhattan office. One protestor said, "The gay marriage was passed without a vote of the people by corrupt Republicans who are now cashing in big time and that's wrong." Reverend Anthony Evans of the National Black Church Initiative said many will vote against Governor Andrew Cuomo when he's up for re-election. "You're going to need the black church in 2012," he said. "When he went against God, then we have a moral right to against him."