The first day of gay marriages in New Yo...
 
8:13
Nate Jones: 
Hello all and welcome to Metro's live blog of every wedding -- gay or straight -- on this, the first official day of gay marriage being legal in New York State.
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:13 Nate Jones
8:15
Nate Jones: 
We've got writers in the City Clerk's offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn who will providing updates all day long.
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:15 Nate Jones
8:20
[Comment From JoJo: ] 
Good Morning! When do the weddings start?
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:20 Jo
8:20
Nate Jones: 
Before they get started, let's throw a question out to the crowd: Can you describe your feelings today in one word?
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:20 Nate Jones
8:22
Nate Jones: 
Jo: To make up for the incredible demand today, they've extended the Marriage Bureau's weekend hours. They now start at 8:30
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:22 Nate Jones
8:22
[Comment From PatriciaPatricia: ] 
I am looking forward to it. Congratulations to all.
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:22 Patricia
8:22
[Comment From JoJo: ] 
Joy
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:22 Jo
8:22
[Comment From PeynotPeynot: ] 
I'm so happy for everyone.
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:22 Peynot
8:22
[Comment From PatriciaPatricia: ] 
A word: freedom
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:22 Patricia
8:41
[Comment From Carly BaldwunCarly Baldwun: ] 
Thanks everyone for coming to Metro's live blog of the first day gay and lesbian couples can legally marry in the state of New York!
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:41 Carly Baldwun
8:41
[Comment From Carly BaldwinCarly Baldwin: ] 
Metro has reporters at the Manhattan City Clerk's office
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:41 Carly Baldwin
8:43
[Comment From Carly BaldwinCarly Baldwin: ] 
and in the Brooklyn City Clerk's offices
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:43 Carly Baldwin
8:44
Carly Baldwin: 
The first wedding was scheduled to happen at 8:30 at the Manhattan City Clerk's office
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:44 Carly Baldwin
8:46
Carly Baldwin: 
The Manhattan City Clerk’s office is located at 141 Worth Street, just east of Centre Street and opened at 8:30 this morning.
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:46 Carly Baldwin
8:51
Carly Baldwin: 
In Brooklyn, the first couples are getting married right now. There are a dozen people outside the Brooklyn City Clerk's office right now and many more inside.
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:51 Carly Baldwin
8:53
Carly Baldwin: 
Two gay men, John and Eufemio Torres, were the first couple to show up in Brooklyn to get married but they told Metro they were turned away because one of them is not a U.S. citizen. "We are about to burst into tears," they told Metro.
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:53 Carly Baldwin
8:59
Carly Baldwin: 
The police tell us there are about 100 people now inside and the line has moved inside. City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's spokeswoman says couples are inside going through process of getting licenses now and the first married couples will be out shortly.
Sunday July 24, 2011 8:59 Carly Baldwin
9:01
Lauren Colchamiro: 
John Carroll and Michael Gallagher just got married! Congratulations!
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:01 Lauren Colchamiro
9:01
Nate Jones
Alan Florendo and Gad Guterman, Upper West Siders, wait to get hitched.
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:01 
9:02
Carly Baldwin: 
At Brooklyn City Hall: Theresa Varella and Patricia Dornelles, together 14 years, are here in matching white dresses. "We said, now's the time," Varella said. They live in Park Slope and Dornelles' mother flew up from Park Slope.
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:02 Carly Baldwin
9:04
Alexis Anthony and Martha Bohannon just got married! Congratulations!
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:04 
9:05
Lauren Colchamiro: 
Scott Pidgeon and David Garland just got married! Congratulations!
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:05 Lauren Colchamiro
9:05
Carly Baldwin: 
Hi, Lauren, thanks for joining us!
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:05 Carly Baldwin
9:05
Lauren Colchamiro: 
Daniel Sherman and Richard Skipper just got married! Congratulations!
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:05 Lauren Colchamiro
9:06
Carly Baldwin: 
Lauren is at the Manhattan City Clerk's Office. How many people would you say are waiting to get married at the City Clerk's office, Lauren?
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:06 Carly Baldwin
9:06
Lauren Colchamiro: 
Dennis Kear and Akira Sekizaki just got married! Congratulations!
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:06 Lauren Colchamiro
9:06
Lauren Colchamiro: 
200 to 250 I'd say!
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:06 Lauren Colchamiro
9:08
Lauren Colchamiro: 
Marc Vandamme and Jos Oliveros just got married! Congratulations!
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:08 Lauren Colchamiro
9:09
Nate Jones
Gay marriage supporters outside Brooklyn City Clerk's office
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:09 
9:10
Lauren Colchamiro: 
Jon Weathermann and Richard Pleak just got married! Congratulations!
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:10 Lauren Colchamiro
9:10
Carly Baldwin: 
Wow. OK, so 250 people are lined up outside the Manhattan City Clerk's office. The city said they would try and marry everyone who showed up today.
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:10 Carly Baldwin
9:13
Carly Baldwin
And Alison Bowen submits our first photo of people protesting gay weddings. These five anti-gay protesters from Westboro Christian Church have arrived outside Brooklyn City Hall and are shouting at couples in line from across the street.
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:13 
9:15
Carly Baldwin: 
What do people think of these anti-gay marriage protesters?
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:15 Carly Baldwin
9:16
Carly Baldwin: 
Lauren, are there any protesters outside the Manhattan City Clerk's office?
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:16 Carly Baldwin
9:17
[Comment From JasmineJasmine: ] 
They need to go home and let people live in peace. I wonder how they would feel if protesters showed up at their homes, places of business, houses of worship and private events.
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:17 Jasmine
9:17
Carly Baldwin
Outside Brooklyn City Clerk's Office: Elizabeth and Tina Marie Rosario from Mill Basin, waiting to wed. Elizabeth: "We said, 'Why wait?'"
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:17 
9:19
Carly Baldwin: 
Brooklyn Boro President Marty Markowitz talks to Metro right now, describing the scene: "Big smiles, they're overwhelmed." He has arranged for rabbis, preachers, anyone needed for a marriage ceremony at Borough Hall. Markowitz called protesters "misguided folks," says the weddings are "a great thing."
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:19 Carly Baldwin
9:21
Lauren Colchamiro: 
Unfortunately yes, but not nearly as many protestors as celebrators!
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:21 Lauren Colchamiro
9:21
Carly Baldwin
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:21 
9:22
Carly Baldwin: 
Above is a couple we mentioned earlier: At Brooklyn City Hall, Theresa Varella and Patricia Dornelles, together 14 years, are here in matching white dresses. "We said, now's the time," Varella said. They live in Park Slope and Dornelles' mother flew up from Park Slope.
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:22 Carly Baldwin
9:22
Lauren Colchamiro: 
Jo-Ann Shain and Mary Jo Kennedy together 29 years, are getting married! Congratulations!
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:22 Lauren Colchamiro
9:23
Carly Baldwin: 
Hey Lauren, we've had lots of photos from Alison at Brooklyn City Hall. Can you send us some from Manhattan?
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:23 Carly Baldwin
9:23
Lauren Colchamiro: 
Diana and Janet Leddy, together 23 years, are getting married! Congratulations!
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:23 Lauren Colchamiro
9:25
Lauren Colchamiro: 
I don't have photo posting privileges! I am just a lowly panelist!
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:25 Lauren Colchamiro
9:26
Carly Baldwin: 
So Lauren these are couples actually getting married at City Hall, right? Or are some of these people just applying for their marriage license?
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:26 Carly Baldwin
9:30
Carly Baldwin
In this Reuters photo, Janet Coleman (R) and Kawane Harris arrive at the Manhattan City Clerk's Office this morning to be legally married.
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:30 
9:31
Carly Baldwin: 
In Brooklyn, Metro reporter Alison Bowen says she is still waiting on the first couple to get married. "I guess filling out paperwork takes a while."
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:31 Carly Baldwin
9:34
Carly Baldwin: 
Couples are marrying now in New York City, but the state's first legal wedding took place in Niagara Falls early this morning. Kitty Lambert, 54, and Cheryle Rudd, 53, from Buffalo, New York, were married just after midnight Saturday at Niagara Falls' State Park's Luna Island. The two women, both grandmothers, became New York state's first legally wed same-sex couple.
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:34 Carly Baldwin
9:37
Carly Baldwin
And here we have Stacey Minondo and Barbra Tremblayay leaving the Brooklyn City Clerk's Office. They got their marriage license from the clerk and are now walking across the street to get hitched at Borough Hall. They are the first couple to lea
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:37 
9:38
Lauren Colchamiro: 
I'm standing at the entrance where people are waiting to get their licenses, but I think some are getting married as well.
Sunday July 24, 2011 9:38 Lauren Colchamiro
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