Sunday, July 24, 2011

A Beautiful Sight

Here's a little snippet on the first gay marriages in New York, from an article by Chris Hawley of the Associated Press:

Some people waiting to wed clutched bouquets and wore tuxedos or wedding dresses before they were ushered into the clerk's office for a license and a ceremony in one of the building's simple chapels.
The first couple to marry in Manhattan were Phyllis Siegel, 76, and Connie Kopelov, 84, who have been together for 23 years. Kopelov arrived in a wheelchair and stood with the assistance of a walker. During the service, Siegel wrapped her hand in Kopelov's hand and they both grasped the walker.
Witnesses cheered and wiped away tears after the two women vowed to "honor and cherish" each other as spouses and then kissed.

Oh, man . . . *sniff*  Why'd it have to take so long?  Why's it taking so long elsewhere?  People who aren't moved by this are, I swear, made of stone.  And I sure as shit don't mean moved to anger or self-righteous indignation.


Jason said...

Bless their hearts. It's so sweet. :)

Tam said...

That story made me a bit sniffly too. So sweet and I'm glad they got to do it, even if it was 20+ years later than it should have been.

Chris said...

*blots eyes*

Tam said...

My friend Jere was one of the supporters down cheering them on. He got his pic snapped by GLADD and also was on the Queerty website with his sign.

Lots of good pics on that Flickr stream.

K. Z. Snow said...

Thanks, Tam! Oh gosh, so many happy faces. It just warms my heart.

But . . . I thought Queerty shut down.

Tam said...

It seems to be up and running. Maybe it was a temporary hiatus.