Sunday, July 24, 2011 is the first day that same gender couples may marry in New York State recognized civil marriages. It is the day that the state’s Marriage Equality Act took effect. By 8 A.M.Sunday morning, nearly 200 couples were in line in NYC to marry. The first couple to marry in the City of New York was Phyllis Siegal, 77, and Connie Kopelov, 85. They live in Chelsea and have been a couple for 23 years.
It is expected that 764 couples will marry in the city today — a city record
Phyllis and Connie? You are probably thinking… where have I heard of them? Wasn’t there a film about them? No. That was Ruthie and Connie: Every Room in The House.
Today, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg will officiate in his official mansion at the wedding of two of his advisors: NYC Consumer Affairs Commissioner Jonathan Mintz, and mayoral policy advisor John Feinblatt. The two city officials met 14 years ago on a blind date, hit it off, and became a couple. They have two daughters.
Also, Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum, a rabbi at NYC Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, will marry two active members, Ann Macklin, 42 and Michele Trester, 44, in a Forest Hills (Queens) ceremony under a rainbow chuppah in Thomas Paine Park. The synagogue has also set up a booth across from City Hall to celebrate each Jewish marriage with singing and dancing and more.
Two newlyweds who made use of the chuppah were puppets from the hit Broadway Musical “Avenue Q.” Rod, a Wall Street banker puppet, and Ricky celebrated legalized gay marriage in NY State under the chuppah in shades of rainbow colours. Rod, operated by Howie Michael Smith, and Ricky, wrangled by Jed Resnick, gave each other a kiss, followed by a quick exchange of vows led by Rabbi Sharon Kleinbaum. Onlookers sang “Siman Tov v’ Mazeltov.” In Avenue Q, the two puppets meet through an online personal ad.