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Niagara Falls celebrates World Pride Day

Posted at 10:07 PM, Jun 30, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — LGBTQ couples from all over Western New York came to the "Honeymoon Capital of the World" to celebrate their marriages.

"We want to remind everybody not to hide in their closets that they have the freedom and the right to be out and that everyone has the right to love each other," Kat Cadusale said. Her and her wife Rain have been married for two years.

Kitty Lambert-Rudd has officiated many weddings but today was special. Back in 2011, Kitty and her wife Cheryle were the first gay couple in New York State married right at Niagara Falls. She says it is an honor to renew her vows and officiate the renewal ceremony for Niagara Fall's first pride celebration.

"We know not one of our grandchildren is going to have to question who they are or who they fall in love with," Lambert-Rudd said.

This June also marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots-- a series of protests in Manhattan in 1969 that started the Gay Rights Movement. Lawrence Van Heusen remembers the riots and is proud to show his love.

"The feeling of relaxation. Not to feel tense and love has an opportunity, once you let the tension down," Van Heusen said.

Many couples say they renewed their vows to help inspire others to love who they love.