Ending a decade-long civil rights battle, the legal bars on gay marriage have been removed in New York City. To exchange vows legally for the first time, gay couples flocked clerk's offices across the state on Sunday.
The Legislators passed the law in favor of legalizing gay marriage in June. Since then, gay couples had been waiting for July 24 to see the historic law come into effect.
According to a news release from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office, 659 marriage licenses were issued on Sunday, while 484 gay couples got married.
While same-sex marriages in New York will be recognized in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Washington D.C., the same practice will not be recognized in Maryland and Rhode Island.
Meanwhile, a new survey conducted by a global market research and consulting firm named Harris Interactive showed that same-sex marriage is supported by more than half (53 percent) of all adult Americans. They agreed that the practice should be recognized as a legal marriage not only in one state, but in all other states.
Here's a look at some of the festive moments on the first day: