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Weddings Blossom In New York

Jim Burroway

July 25th, 2011

Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, seconds after being pronounced legally married.

It has been a big day for marriages in New York City, where hundreds of gay couples solemnized their relationships on the first legal day of marriage equality. As promised, Mayor Michael Bloomberg got into the act when he officiated at the wedding of two of his staff members with the couple’s two daughters looking on. Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, finally made honest women of each other after twenty-three years of waiting for this day. They were the first couple married in Manhattan. The New York Times celebrated with an entire Style section devoted to the nuptials. The also report that with marriage equality arriving in the Empire State, everything associated with marriage is now equal — including parents bugging their kids about when they’re finally going to tie the knot.

Niagara Falls celebrates marriage equality

You can check out this Flickr stream for more marriage photos.  The Times’s City Room blog has more, with stories. And Andy Towle also has a good round-up from across the state.

Of course, there were protesters on hand in Manhattan, nearly all of them bussed in.



July 25th, 2011 | LINK

It is a glorious day for all who yearn to breathe the liberating air of freedom, drink the waters of love and feast at the table life. Thank you NY and all the other states, provinces and countries who have done what is right and just. Perhaps. someday, we will no longer be scapegoats to be imprisoned, temptation to “cured” and murdered to appease the religions of man in other parts of God’s universe.

July 25th, 2011 | LINK

How can anyone look at the pictures of these people and deny them equal rights under the laws of our country? I just really do not get it.

Regan DuCasse
July 26th, 2011 | LINK

That’s what I keep thinking too. These are smiling, joyous people. Committing regardless of legal recognition, but grateful for it when it happens.

How can people who are loving and responsible to and for each other EVER be a bad thing?
And why would ANYONE want to take that away?

You’d have to be the ugliest, most morally bankrupted and spiteful person to see all this and want to hurt these couples for being happy and caring for each other.

As we can see from other photos, the protests were NOT pro marriage. They were anti gay.

These pictures here, couples and their legal rights are as PRO MARRIAGE as it can get.

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