Sunday morning Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz hosted the borough’s first gay marriages at Borough Hall, on the first day that the law legalizing gay marriage in New York went into effect. Two senior couples were first in line–a gay couple in their 60s, as well as a lesbian couple, retired social workers, aged 82 and 76, from Park Slope, who have been together for 48 years.
New York legislators legalized gay marriage in June, making New York the sixth, and largest, state to do so.
Boro Pres Marty Markowitz served cake when gay marriage was adopted by state lawmakers.
Markowitz celebrated the new law with fanfare, hosting a press conference with cakes and offering to fete marrying couples at Borough Hall with free champagne, sparkling water, photos and a special certificate from the Borough President.
Some 112 couples whose names were selected from a citywide lottery were guaranteed to receive marriage licenses from the Brooklyn City Clerk on Sunday. Once licenses are in hand, the couples can marry at the clerk’s office or at Borough Hall, if they chose.
Borough Hall had on hand judges, rabbis and ministers to perform the ceremonies. A wedding expo will take place on Monday, featuring vendors and services for all Brooklyn couples.
New York’s same sex marriage law came after a round of defeats in other states, whose voters banned gay marriage.
The other states that recognize gay marriage are Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, as well as the District of Columbia.
Visit cityclerk.nyc.gov for a complete list of procedures and updates on marriage equality.