Hey! Remember that time New York voted to make same-sex marriage legal? Well, it turns out that gay people took that shit pretty seriously! Today, the first day of good old-fashioned legal gay marriage (yay, no more shadowy pagan ceremonies by that weird lake in western Massachusetts!), saw a blitz of men marrying men and women marrying women in Manhattan and beyond, and the Times was there to tell us how it went down.
Outside the city clerk’s office in Lower Manhattan, an orderly crowd had gathered in sweltering temperatures alongside metal police barriers hours before the doors opened around 8:45 a.m., prompting a cheer. At least one veil was in evidence.
Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, who have been together in Manhattan for 23 years, were the first couple in, receiving a waiver from the rule requiring 24 hours between a license and a ceremony. They were ushered right into the chapel. Ms. Kopelov used a gray walker anchored by two tennis balls as they were married by the city clerk, Michael McSweeney.
As Mr. McSweeney declared to the couple, “I now pronounce you married,” Ms. Siegel tenderly held Ms. Kopelov’s head and kissed her on the left cheek. “I am breathless,” said Ms. Siegel.
Here's what Siegel and Kopelov look like:
Adorbs! Truth be told, though, there is one downside to all of this, at least for liberal New Yorkers: now we're also going to have to buy wedding presents for all our gay friends who get married. Equality ain't cheap!