Making History in Niagara Falls

July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 7:10 AM EDT

By Jaclyn Asztalos

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July 22, 2011 Updated Jul 22, 2011 at 7:10 AM EDT


Niagara Falls, N.Y. (WKBW)- At the stroke of midnight on Sunday night into Monday morning, the first gay couple will be married with Niagara Falls as the backdrop for the ceremony. The Marriage Equality Act will go into effect this weekend.

Gay Rights Activists and long time couple, Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd will finally tie the knot after years of waiting. The falls will be lit with the colors of the rainbow, representing the gay flag. Then on Monday at 10 a.m., there will be a group wedding, marrying more than 30 couples.

This historic event will also reinvent Niagara Falls as the premier marriage and honeymoon destination. Falls officials said the passage of the Marriage Equality Act will bring million of dollars a year to the falls and more than $400 million in state benefits.

The wedding ceremony and reception will be held at the Niagara Falls State Park on Luna Island. Senator Mark Grisanti will be in attendance. He was the politician whose vote for gay marriage was crucial in the passage of the bill.

There is a 24 hour waiting period from the time couples get their marriage license and taking the vows so Buffalo, Grand Island and Niagara Falls will open their clerks office early Sunday morning so people can be ready for Monday's ceremony.