Our big gay wedding photo spread!

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Barbara Tremblay and Stacey Minondo
“We’ve been together for eight years and discussed getting married as we went along,” Minondo explained. “Then one day we said, ‘Let’s go get some rings.’ We had our commitment ceremony last year at Steiner Studios. That was the day we showed our friends and family that we love each other. This is the legal day and it’s about time that we and all the couples that have been together more years than we have are being recognized by the state.”
Annette Fisher and Linda Wilkins
Coney Island
“We didn’t like each other at first,” Wilkins said. “We played on opposing bowling teams and one day she walked up and said, ‘I’m Annette.’ I thought, ‘So what?’ But then we ended up talking, about all the things we didn’t want in a relationship, and we couldn’t stop talking for hours. She invited me over for dinner, threw some things together and — without even knowing it — cooked my favorite dinner. We found out our paths had crossed so many times — and now we’ve been together 16 years.
Barbara Pilgrim and Geraldine Whitsett
“We met in Bedford-Stuyvesant in the 1960s and now — 48 years later — we’re getting married,” Whitsett said. “I’ve been proposing to Barbara for years. We’ve often talked about going to Connecticut to get married but I would say ‘Let’s wait and see what happens in New York.’ I always believed that this day would come, but now that its here, I have butterflies in my stomach!”
Rachael Pepe and Lailah Bragin Pepe
“We met seven years ago, but we were both seeing other people,” said Lailah Pepe. “For years and years, we thought about each other. And then we went on a blind date two years ago, and realized who each other was and that we had been thinking about each other for five years. It was kind of fateful and amazing. A year later, Rachael proposed on Fire Island.”
Lisa Fane and Maggie Lally
Park Slope
“We knew each other professionally, but we didn’t know each other well,” Lally said. “We started to think about each other, though. And once night I was thinking about Lisa and all of a sudden I saw her on TV, doing media reports. Less than two weeks later, she walked by where I was working and came in to say hi. I gave her a huge hug. I just thought it was meant to be. And we’ve been together since then, for 14 years.”
Paulette Dalpes and Kathy Obear
Crown Heights
“We were married in Massachusetts when they passed the law there, but we wanted to be married in New York as well,” said Dalpes. “I proposed the first time, so it was Paulette’s turn. We went to see Tyne Daly in the Broadway show, ‘Master Class.’ We’re both huge Tyne Daly fans. After the show, Paulette brought me back stage and asked Tyne Daly to witness as she proposed to me. She outdid herself.”
Brian Juergens and Andy Swist
“We actually did it backwards — we had our reception two years ago,” Juergens said. “I proposed to Andy when it looked like the law would pass in New York, but then it didn’t happen. So we said screw it, and we had a wedding anyway, a big to-do with friends and family. This weekend was amazing as well though. Now we have two anniversaries!”
Jennifer Warner and Jackie Youngs
“In December, 2004, we bought rings at Tiffany’s for one another and went to Central Park.” Warner said. “It was freezing out and we were standing there, telling each other how committed we were. From that moment, we considered ourselves married. When we decided to get legally married, I kept saying it was just for practical reasons. But it was so much more than that. We were surrounded by friends and family. We felt recognized — finally we were actually married, even though we’d considered ourselves married for years.”
Taz Vallas and Edwin Ramos
Bay Ridge
“I had to go to an AIDS fundraiser for work, and I really didn’t want to go,” Vallas said. “After 15 minutes, I was getting my coat and about to leave, and suddenly my eyes locked with Edwin’s. I said, ‘OK, I can stay for a little bit.’ I finally walked up to him later and struck up a conversation. For once in my life, I made the first move — and it wound up being a 15-year relationship. I told him that night, ‘You’re the one I’m going to marry someday.’ Within a month we were engaged.”

It was a lovefest!

Dozens of gay and lesbian couples got married on Sunday, the first day that same-sex unions became legal in New York State after years of contentious debate. We got so caught up in the excitement and the historic moment of the day that we decided to let the happy couples speak for themselves:

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Reasonable discourse

WW from Bay Ridge says:
Gay marriage was never illegal. Gay people could marry, just not members of the same sex.

There has just been a new definition of marriage created by the law.
July 30, 2011, 9:11 am
Mike says:
WW, shut up and feel the joy and love instead of trying to ruin it with bigotry and tortured semantics.
July 30, 2011, 9:27 am
WW from Bay Ridge says:
Simply stating the facts is not bigotry.

You are entitled to your own opinion, not your own facts.
July 30, 2011, 12:32 pm
David from Los Angeles says:
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Gay marriage is as this definition of itself…Freedom of speech is still greater.
July 30, 2011, 2:01 pm
tupelo35 from windsor terrace says:
another gay article, it must be a slow week in brooklyn.
July 30, 2011, 4:03 pm
StevenRosenberg from ParkSlope says:
I regret we have gay marriage. It's a legal fiction; it's not real marriage. I'm not going to lose too much sleep over it, just as I don't lose excessive sleep over other weird behaviors of my fellow human beings. But I just hope that we don't all suffer as children are (further) confused about the differences between men and women; and adopted children aren't hurt by not having male and female role models; and I'm still allowed to argue that children are best turned into good, well-adjusted people with a father and a mother.

Prediction: next stop: polygamy.
July 30, 2011, 10:18 pm
Cynthia from Clinton hill says:
This is so wrong on so many levels GROSS! I would never get gay marriage.
July 31, 2011, 1:24 am
Steve P from Monroe says:
Hey, good luck to all the couples! everyone needs a little support on that special day.
July 31, 2011, 12:13 pm
Mike says:
It's too bad we don't get to vote on bigot Steven or bigot Cynthia's marriage.
July 31, 2011, 9:54 pm
Mike from Bay Ridge says:
Anyone who thinks the issue is at rest now that NYS has legalized this sham is kidding themselves. The people never approved it in any kind of referendum, even though the State allows for them to be put on the ballot. It even circumvented the courts for fear there wouldn't be enough liberal judges up the food chain to sanction it. Instead, it was rammed through the most dysfunctional legislature in the Republic by the narrowest of margins. The man-on-the-street isn’t going to shut up about this because he didn’t want it and it’s going to be shoved in his face (see article above).

Steven Rosenberg's prediction is probably accurate: if men can marry men and women can marry women—something with no historic precedent—then how long before Muslims, Mormons, et al. sue for their right to polygamous marriage, which has both an historic precedence and currently practiced in several countries? (Ever hear of lawsuits brought by immigrants?)

If gay marriage is a civil right then so is polygamy.
Aug. 1, 2011, 10:05 am
John from Williamsburg says:
LOL. Bigots are choking on their own bile. Marriage Equality has come to the Empire State and there is nothing they can do to rain on our parade.

Sorry to disappoint you, but the NYS Constitution cannot be amended to ban same-sex marriage by a mere referendum. Our state laws are different and it takes multiple votes and delegates from counties and at least two years to make any changes to the Constitution.

Truth is, the people of the State of New York did vote. They voted for Andrew Cuomo and an entire slate of Democratic candidates that were screaming gay marriage in their campaign speeches. EVERY STATEWIDE OFFICE was filled by a candidate supporting same-sex marriage in the last election. The vote was overwhelming.

The bill itself even drew bipartisan support. One of its greatest supporters was Bloomberg, a Republican.

The statute exists, it's legal, chances of it being struck down are less than nil. Learn to live with it. Welcome to the 21st century. Sit back and wait for Maryland to fall, and Jersey, and Rhode Island and California (again!) .... enjoy the wave.
Aug. 1, 2011, 10:53 am
Mike from Bay Ridge says:
Though it can't be amended by referendeum, the NYS constitution CAN be amended to define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. (Beware!)

As for Cuomo et al.: only the gays voted for them becasue they whispered they were pro-gay marriage. The rest of the great, unwashed masses were knee-jerk democrats who believed their shouts promising more welfare, soft on crime, more illegals, legalized marijuana, etc. (but couched in more politically acceptable terms).

And as for Bloomberg being a Republican?!? He was a democrat all his life until he ran for mayor, then switched again; now he's an "Independent." He belongs to the left-wing division of the Opportunist Party who seems to consider himself as indispensible as FDR.
Aug. 1, 2011, 12:45 pm
John from Williamsburg says:
The people can only call for a constitutional convention once every twenty years. The next opportunity is 2017. The majority of New Yorkers already support marriage equality today. That percentage will likely increase over the next six years. The idea that New York's constitution will be amended to include a mini-DOMA provision is pure fantasy.
Aug. 1, 2011, 8:42 pm
Get real says:
New Yorkers, other than troglodytes, love gay marriage.
Aug. 2, 2011, 12:14 am

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