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Gay couples gather in New Paltz to get married

Gay couples have started gathering in a Hudson Valley village where the mayor says he will begin performing marriage ceremonies for same-sex partners today.
/ Source: WNYT-TV

Gay couples have started gathering in a Hudson Valley village where the mayor says he will begin performing marriage ceremonies for same-sex partners today.

New Paltz Mayor Jason West says he expects to perform about a dozen marriages this afternoon at a podium set up outside the village hall.

By midmorning, a few gay couples hoping to be wed were already milling outside the village offices.

Karen Summer and Jamie Rotnofsky drove up from Staten Island with their 12-year-old boy in the hopes of being added to the marriage list.

Summer says they're "knocking on the state's door" so authorities recognize them as a married couple.

One protester stood outside the village hall with a sign that read -- "It's Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve."

The head of the state Conservative Party says West is "trashing the institution of marriage."