The Most Touching Gay Marriages in New York

gay marriageGay couples throughout New York City and state lined up at their local clerk's offices on Sunday to do the thing they should have been allowed to do for ages: Get married. According to Mayor Bloomberg, who presided over the wedding of two aides at Gracie Mansion, New York City, issued 659 marriage licenses yesterday and volunteer judges married 484 couples, gay and straight.

The event, collectively, was almost too much to take in, as it was so much bigger than any single person. It was one of those things, for me at least, that was sort of difficult to process while it was going on because not only did it feel surreal, I couldn't escape the feeling that this was this generation's big thing, our civil rights movement if you will.

So that said, it's not easy to put the event as a whole into words, because, well, I really don't know where to even begin. So, let me share with you two of the most touching marriages from yesterday.


Phyllis Sifel and Connie Kopelov. After waiting 23 years, Sifel, 76, and Kopelov, 84, were the very first couple to be wed in New York City. If you have a heart, even a small one, it is literally impossible to look at the image of Sifel, arms victorious in the air, and Kopelov, holding the certificate while sitting in her wheelchair, without getting a little choked up. They are the picture of happiness and love personified and it's deeply saddening to think that these two women couldn't wed before yesterday. Could you imagine not being able to marry the person you've loved for so long? It's an image that's sure to go down in history books, because, really it's the one that says it all.

Avenue Q's Rod and Ricky. Yes, they are puppets. And no, it's not an actual marriage between two flesh and blood humans, but there's something so touching and sweet about seeing these two Broadway "stars," who have brought so many people joy, tie the knot. It reminds me of when I was younger and my sister and I used to marry our stuffed teddy bears and rabbits, not giving a moment's thought to what sex they were. It also embodies what every marriage, and the road there to, should be: Happy, surrounded by loved ones, and without struggle.

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