BROOKLYN - Buoyant gay couples cheered by supporters began marrying Sunday in Manhattan on the landmark day that New York became the sixth and largest state to recognize same-sex weddings.

The weddings started bright and early for some couples after waiting for this day to finally come.

After eight years of courtship, one Brooklyn couple tied the knot and say they couldn't be happier.

Early Sunday morning police had to cordone off Borough Hall in preparation for the first time in the state's history that same-sex couples got to say "I do."

Although anti-gay protesters showed up briefly, many say they were determined not to let anything dampen their mood. AP wire services were used in this report.