*The Christian Post reports that thousands of New Yorkers are upset because it is now official — gay marriage is now in effect. But many are demanding a vote.

Protesters gathered at rallies held in Manhattan, Albany, Rochester and Buffalo demanding that state lawmakers put the gay marriage issue before voters by placing it on a statewide referendum. All four rallies kicked off at 3 p.m. and were live streamed on the “Let the People Vote” website.

“Let the people vote!” the crowds in all four cities chanted.

The “Let the People Vote!” rallies, organized by National Organization for Marriage, were timed to coincide with the first day the gay marriage law takes effect in New York. Before and during the protest, hundreds of same-sex couples lined outside city marriage bureaus in New York City and throughout the state for a chance to marry.

In Midtown Manhattan, thousands rallied outside Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s New York City office then marched down 3rd Ave. in a line that spanned over several city blocks. Hector A. Chiesa, president of Radio Vision Cristiana 1330 AM, one of the largest Christian Spanish radio stations in New York, estimated that over 10,000 people showed up for the rally in Manhattan.

Read more at ChristianPost.com.