A man participates in a protest against gay marriage in front of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office in New York. Photo: AP
A man participates in a protest against gay marriage in front of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's office in New York. Photo: AP
Phyllis Sifel and Connie Kopelov (seated) celebrate after being married at the marriage bureau in lower Manhattan. Photo: Reuters
Phyllis Sifel and Connie Kopelov (seated) celebrate after being married at the marriage bureau in lower Manhattan. Photo: Reuters
Patrick Plain, left, and Seong Man Hong, both of New York, celebrate after getting married at the City Clerk's office in New York. Photo: AP
Patrick Plain, left, and Seong Man Hong, both of New York, celebrate after getting married at the City Clerk's office in New York. Photo: AP
David Hind, left, and Craig Francisco dance their first dance after getting married on a cruise hosted by Marriage Equality New York in New York. Photo: AP
David Hind, left, and Craig Francisco dance their first dance after getting married on a cruise hosted by Marriage Equality New York in New York. Photo: AP
Cheryle Rudd and Kitty Lambert (R) are married at the stroke of midnight, at the brink of Niagara Falls, in Niagara Falls, New York, by the city's mayor, Paul Dyster. Photo: Reuters
Cheryle Rudd and Kitty Lambert (R) are married at the stroke of midnight, at the brink of Niagara Falls, in Niagara Falls, New York, by the city's mayor, Paul Dyster. Photo: Reuters
Nastassia Heurtelou and Luz Heurtelou (R) are married at the Brooklyn Clerk's Office. Photo: Reuters
Nastassia Heurtelou and Luz Heurtelou (R) are married at the Brooklyn Clerk's Office. Photo: Reuters
Phyllis Sifel (L) and Connie Kopelov celebrate after being married at the marriage bureau in lower Manhattan. Photo: Reuters
Phyllis Sifel (L) and Connie Kopelov celebrate after being married at the marriage bureau in lower Manhattan. Photo: Reuters
Cheryle Rudd and Kitty Lambert (R) react after being married at the stroke of midnight, at the brink of Niagara Falls, in Niagara Falls, New York, by the city's mayor, Paul Dyster. Photo: Reuters
Cheryle Rudd and Kitty Lambert (R) react after being married at the stroke of midnight, at the brink of Niagara Falls, in Niagara Falls, New York, by the city's mayor, Paul Dyster. Photo: Reuters
Same-sex couple Adam McKew (L) and his partner David Lewis pose for a photo before being married at the City Clerk's Office in New York. Photo: Reuters
Same-sex couple Adam McKew (L) and his partner David Lewis pose for a photo before being married at the City Clerk's Office in New York. Photo: Reuters
The rings of Michael Johnson, 55, and Michael Roberts, 81, of New York, are ready during their marriage ceremony at the City Clerk's office in New York. Photo: AP
The rings of Michael Johnson, 55, and Michael Roberts, 81, of New York, are ready during their marriage ceremony at the City Clerk's office in New York. Photo: AP
Under a rainbow chuppah, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, senior rabbi at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah Synagogue in New York, right, marry Sari Kessler, second from left, and Erika Karp, center, as their three daughters and Kessler's brother, Jonathan Kessler, second from right, surround them in a park across the street from the Office of the City Clerk in New York.  The couple, who live in New York, have been together for 14 years. Photo: AP
Under a rainbow chuppah, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, senior rabbi at Congregation Beit Simchat Torah Synagogue in New York, right, marry Sari Kessler, second from left, and Erika Karp, center, as their three daughters and Kessler's brother, Jonathan Kessler, second from right, surround them in a park across the street from the Office of the City Clerk in New York. The couple, who live in New York, have been together for 14 years. Photo: AP
Phyllis Sifel (R) embraces her wife Connie Kopelov after being married at the marriage bureau in lower Manhattan. Photo: Reuters
Phyllis Sifel (R) embraces her wife Connie Kopelov after being married at the marriage bureau in lower Manhattan. Photo: Reuters
Michael Johnson (L), 55, and Michael Roberts, 81, of New York, kiss after getting married at the City Clerk's office in New York. Photo: Reuters
Michael Johnson (L), 55, and Michael Roberts, 81, of New York, kiss after getting married at the City Clerk's office in New York. Photo: Reuters
Jonathan Mintz (L), New York City's consumer affairs commissioner, and John Feinblatt (R), a chief adviser to the mayor, embrace their daughters Maeve (2nd L) and Georgia after being married by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion in New York. Photo: Reuters
Jonathan Mintz (L), New York City's consumer affairs commissioner, and John Feinblatt (R), a chief adviser to the mayor, embrace their daughters Maeve (2nd L) and Georgia after being married by New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at Gracie Mansion in New York. Photo: Reuters
Carol Anastasio, left, of New York, shows her excitement as Mimi Brown, of New York, embrace during their marriage ceremony at the City Clerk's office in New York. Photo: AP
Carol Anastasio, left, of New York, shows her excitement as Mimi Brown, of New York, embrace during their marriage ceremony at the City Clerk's office in New York. Photo: AP
Same-sex couple Erika Karp (L) and Sari Kessler arrive at the City Clerk's Office for their wedding ceremony in New York. Photo: Reuters
Same-sex couple Erika Karp (L) and Sari Kessler arrive at the City Clerk's Office for their wedding ceremony in New York. Photo: Reuters
Same-sex couple Mishan Moore (L), 39, wipes a tear as her partner Jacqueline Rodriguez, 34, looks on during their wedding ceremony at Queens Borough Hall in New York. Photo: Reuters
Same-sex couple Mishan Moore (L), 39, wipes a tear as her partner Jacqueline Rodriguez, 34, looks on during their wedding ceremony at Queens Borough Hall in New York. Photo: Reuters
Same-sex couple Daniel Hernandez, 53, right, and Nevin Cohen, 48, exchange vows at the City Clerk's Office in New York. Photo: AP
Same-sex couple Daniel Hernandez, 53, right, and Nevin Cohen, 48, exchange vows at the City Clerk's Office in New York. Photo: AP
In this photo provided by the Office of the Mayor, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg officiates the marriage ceremony of Jonathan Mintz, left, and John Feinblatt, at Gracie Mansion in New York. Photo: AP
In this photo provided by the Office of the Mayor, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg officiates the marriage ceremony of Jonathan Mintz, left, and John Feinblatt, at Gracie Mansion in New York. Photo: AP
Luz Heurtelou (L) and Nastassia Heurtelou wait to be married at the Brooklyn Clerk's Office. Photo: Reuters
Luz Heurtelou (L) and Nastassia Heurtelou wait to be married at the Brooklyn Clerk's Office. Photo: Reuters
Richard Skipper, left, and Daniel Sherman, of Sparkill, N.Y., wait to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk's office. Photo: AP
Richard Skipper, left, and Daniel Sherman, of Sparkill, N.Y., wait to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk's office. Photo: AP
Yolanda Potasinski (L) takes a photo of Nancy Mertzel while filing paperwork for their marriage at the City Clerk's Office for their wedding ceremony in New York. Photo: Reuters
Yolanda Potasinski (L) takes a photo of Nancy Mertzel while filing paperwork for their marriage at the City Clerk's Office for their wedding ceremony in New York. Photo: Reuters
Phyllis Siegel, 76, right, kisses her wife Connie Kopelov, 84, after exchanging vows at the Manhattan City Clerk's office. Photo: AP
Phyllis Siegel, 76, right, kisses her wife Connie Kopelov, 84, after exchanging vows at the Manhattan City Clerk's office. Photo: AP

Thousands of gay and lesbian New Yorkers got to say "I do" this weekend, as the Empire State becomes the sixth in the US to embrace same-sex marriages.

Thousands of gay and lesbian New Yorkers got to say "I do" this weekend, as the Empire State becomes the sixth in the US to embrace same-sex marriages.