Congrats, Phyllis and Connie: gay marriage lands in New York

Gay couples have begun getting married in New York.


Gay couples have begun seeking marriage licenses in New York City on the first full day same-sex weddings are legal in the Empire State.

New York City officials expect to host hundreds of same-sex weddings Sunday. Clerks in New York City and about a dozen other cities statewide are opening their doors Sunday to cater to same-sex couples.


Phyllis Siegal, 77, and Connie Kopelov, 85, were married in a chapel at the city clerk’s office as a crowd of onlookers cheered.

Hundreds of same-sex couples heard the news Friday that they made the cut in the marriage lottery that New York state instituted for Sunday when the state’s Marriage Equality Act took effect.

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  1. tgflux

    Esp. at that this time when the news seems to go from Bad -> Worse, the NY marriages fill the heart w/ joy! Mazel Tov! 😀

    JC Fisher

  2. Ann Fontaine

    Congratulations to Tobias who says they picked up their license today!

  3. Murdoch Matthew

    Steven Thrasher of the Village Voice posted a video of the first marriage in Brooklyn, between Michael Furey and Bienvenido Amagna. He reported that the couple was composed, but that the judge was near tears.

    The NY Daily News has a long slide show of weddings all over the city all day long.

    The Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens had a brunch this afternoon to honor of two women celebrating 35 years together. Asked if they were going to marry now, they said “Yes!” and produced a priest and witnesses and took their vows on the spot. Very pleasant surprise.

  4. AFTER a lifetime of being genuinely happy and deeply moved when heterosexual friends and family members marry–I would like for you to know the deep feelings of joy I have for my unkown-to-me LGBTI sisters and brothers who now, TODAY, can marry in New York–we, TODAY, are no longer always just well-wishing/MEANING loved ones, best men and brides maids…heck, we’re full-fledged spouces, husbands and wives! Couldn’t have happened to a nicer GROUP-IN-WAITING!


    What a delight! Connie was a colleague at the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union–I have not seen her since some time around 1980. A double celebration!

    –Gretchen Donart

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