Today’s the day! Same-sex marriage is officially legal in New York State, and the weddings are rolling along. The first couple married in New York City was Phyllis Siegal and Connie Kopelov, who exchanged wedding vows at 9 a.m. today at the City Clerk’s office in Lower Manhattan. Our Zoe So just witnessed the first gay couple married in Queens, 33-year-old Shane Serkiz and Gregory Levine, 32, both teachers who live in Astoria. Intern Esther is live in Staten Island, where the first couple to get hitched were Bedila Sanchez and Lavern Rivera, together for 21 years. Esther and Zoe, plus my colleagues Steven Thrasher, Jen Doll, and Harry Siegel, are reporting on the first day of same-sex marriages across the boroughs, so follow them on Twitter for updates. Here’s Steven’s video of the first gay marriage in Brooklyn, of Michael Furey and Bienvenido Amagna:
Marriages have now occurred in all five boroughs, and all 823 couples who requested slots in a city lottery were granted a spot today. Mazel tov to everyone involved! Be sure to check out the Voice’s coverage later, as our correspondents will be on the scene across the city all day.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on July 24, 2011