New York Gets Hitched

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Andrew Berg and Dominic Pisciotta

In 2003, Andrew Berg and Dominic Pisciotta appeared on the cover of Newsweek under the headline "Is Gay Marriage Next?" Eight years later, they were the final couple to marry at the New York City clerk's office on Sunday, July 24, the first day that gay and lesbian New Yorkers were permitted to legally wed. Here the couple (Berg left, Pisciotta right) pose after their nuptials with their 8-year-old twins, Spencer and Olivia.

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New York City's First

Phyllis Siegel, 77, arms raised, and Connie Kopelov, 85, in wheelchair, celebrate after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan city clerk's office.

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E. Shane Hoffman, 42, and Michael Goddard, 43

"We feel validated and amazing that our love and commitment is recognized."

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Vickie Tillman, 59, and Joan Lewis, 54

"We feel out of this world and over the top. We wanted to get married on the first day that we could. We are going to have a beer after this!"

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Seongman Hong, 40, and Patrick Plain, 51

"We are elated, just elated. This is huge. We are planning to go to the Plaza Hotel and have some champagne!"

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Andrea Reese, 49, and Alice Ro, 44

"We are super-excited there are so many happy people here. Personally and historically, this is a significant day."

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Nelson Rodriguez, 56, and Juan Rodriguez, 59

"We have been together for 36 years. This is more of a statement for civil rights and human rights."

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Lenni Wolff, 29, and Lexi Adams, 33

"We are planning on getting married on Labor Day weekend. We are happy to be here. This is very significant for us and our families. However, we feel that marriage is not the most important issue facing the LGBT community. We still have such a long way to go to combat violence and discrimination against queer and gender-nonconforming people."

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Alan Miles, 45, and Drew Glick, 46

"We feel amazing. We were happy that this process was smooth, easy, and joyful. We have no plans for a honeymoon yet. The judge that married us is also openly gay. By chance we met him when we were getting our hair cut for our marriage. We kept in touch with him via text, and he was able to marry us today."

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Jen Nagle-Yndigoyen, 38, and Rose Nagle-Yndigoyen, 31

"This is a major thing for us that allows us to protect our family. Maybe one day we will have kids."

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Sebastian Barleben, 33, and Johnny Lee

"We feel privileged to be part of this day."

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Michael Johnson, 55, and Michael Roberts, 81

"We are very excited, of course, but this means a step along the road as we look forward for the federal government to join in as well."

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Nevin Cohen, 48, and Daniel Hernandez, 53

"We are elated to be married. We will have a celebration in the fall to share our joy with our family and friends."

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Carol Anastasio and Mimi Brown

 

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Ready to Wed

Janet Coleman, right, and Kawane Harris arrive at the city clerk's office to be married.

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Married in the City

Richard Skipper, left, and Daniel Sherman, of Sparkill, N.Y., wait to get married at the Manhattan city clerk's office.

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A Rainbow of Umbrellas

Same-sex couples wait in line to receive marriage licenses at the Manhattan city clerk's office.

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A Romantic Backdrop

Kitty Lambert, right, and Cheryle Rudd celebrate their marriage in Niagara Falls. With a rainbow-lit Niagara Falls as a backdrop early Sunday, Lambert, 54, and Rudd, 53, were among the first gay couples to tie the knot with the blessing of the state.

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Married by the Mayor

Albany Mayor Gerald D. Jennings performs same-sex marriage ceremonies at City Hall.

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All the Way From Ohio

Heather Bruner, far right, and Jody Wicker, second from right, of Cleveland, embrace as they wait to get married at the Manhattan city clerk's office.

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We're Married!

Wendy Torrington, left, and Kimberly Moreno, of Long Beach, Miss., celebrate after getting their marriage license at the Manhattan city clerk's office.