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It's been more than two months since the New York State Senate defeated a bill to legalize same-sex marriage. But that setback hasn't stopped some gay marriage advocates from fighting for the right to marry. Our Ryan Burgess has the story of one gay woman's mission to prove her point that every committed couple in New York should be free to wed.

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Even though a bill to legalize same-sex marriage was overwhelmingly defeated by the New York State Senate in early December by a vote of 38 to 24, gay marriage advocates continue their fight to marry.

In a symbolic measure, a same-sex couple applied for a marriage license at City Hall Wednesday. When they were denied, gay marriage advocate Kitty Lambert found a man she had never met and applied for a marriage license with him. She says she did it to prove a point.

"Our point is, for $40, I can come in and purchase a marriage license with a total stranger. But all these years with the same woman and I still can't get a marriage license. What is the senate thinking?" asked Lambert.

Lambert says she will not actually actually marry the man. She wanted to show that committed gay couples are denied the same rights as heterosexual couples. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP