Arab Today, arab today gay couples to marry in new york
Last Updated : GMT 18:26:18
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today

Gay couples to marry in New York

Arab Today, arab today

Arab Today, arab today Gay couples to marry in New York

New York - AFP

Hundreds of gay and lesbian couples married across New York State on Sunday in a key milestone for advocates hoping to legalize gay marriage nationwide. Niagara Falls, which shares the most powerful waterfalls in North America with a Canadian city of the same name, hosted the first marriage after the stroke of midnight with the cascades illuminated in gay pride rainbow colors as the backdrop. \"This wasn’t done with just the two of us,\" Kitty Lambert, one of the newlyweds who married her long-time partner Cheryle Rudd, told The Buffalo News newspaper. \"Every single person here played a part in getting this law passed.\" Cities and towns across the Empire State plan to open offices to issue the state\'s first marriage licenses to gay couples after New York legalized same-sex marriage on June 24 in a nail-biting vote. It became the sixth US state, and the most populous, to legalize gay marriage. In New York City alone -- the largest city in the United States with eight million residents -- 823 couples have registered in advance to get their marriage licenses on Sunday. It will mark a unique day in the Big Apple\'s history. The city\'s last marriage records were 621 on Valentine\'s Day (February 14) 2003 and 610 unions on August 8, 2008, because of the popularity of the date 08/08/08. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will officiate one of the Sunday marriages at Gracie Mansion, the mayor\'s official residence, between two male colleagues. In the Bronx, the Reverend Carmen Hernandez, who proudly bills herself as the \"First Lesbian\" of the tough neighborhood, is giddy with excitement about her upcoming wedding. Born on the Spanish-speaking US island of Puerto Rico, Hernandez has lived nearly all of her life in the Bronx and is a well-known local activist in the gay and lesbian community. \"I am the First Lesbian in the Bronx, fighting homophobia in the Latino community, where machismo rules,\" said Hernandez, a youth pastor at the Methodist Church of Resurrection. \"I\'ve even fought against some gay people for selling out to certain politicians.\" In addition to the record number of ceremonies, New York City is preparing for several weeks of festivities around an expected wave of same-sex marriages. Hotels, restaurants, florists and other businesses are offering special deals and a giant wedding event is planned for the following Sunday in Central Park. The ceremonies will come just two days after President Barack Obama announced that the \"Don\'t Ask, Don\'t Tell\" ban on gays serving openly in the US armed forces will end on September 20 as he certified that the military was ready to accept gay troops among its ranks. The 1993 law required gay troops to keep quiet about their sexual orientation or face expulsion from the forces, and an estimated 14,000 service members have been kicked out of the military under the rule. Gay marriage is not legal under federal laws. The so-called Defense of Marriage Act only recognizes marriage as the union between a man and a woman. The White House says Obama favors legislation that would repeal the Defense of Marriage Act. The law also allows states where gay marriage is not permitted to refuse to recognize a legally-sanctioned gay marriage from another state.

Name *

E-mail *

Comment Title*

Comment *

: Characters Left

Mandatory *

Terms of use

Publishing Terms: Not to offend the author, or to persons or sanctities or attacking religions or divine self. And stay away from sectarian and racial incitement and insults.

I agree with the Terms of Use

Security Code*

Arab Today, arab today gay couples to marry in new york Arab Today, arab today gay couples to marry in new york

 



Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Mohamed Bahari prepares new collection for spring 2017

GMT 06:15 2017 Monday ,27 February

Mohamed Bahari prepares new collection for spring 2017
Arab Today, arab today 17.4 million tourists visit UAE in 2016

GMT 00:47 2017 Monday ,27 February

17.4 million tourists visit UAE in 2016
Arab Today, arab today Sheds light on major steps in 12-year career

GMT 06:07 2017 Monday ,27 February

Sheds light on major steps in 12-year career
Arab Today, arab today UN envoy sets out framework

GMT 07:25 2017 Monday ,27 February

UN envoy sets out framework
Arab Today, arab today Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars

GMT 03:52 2017 Sunday ,26 February

Ayat Abaza says state TV presented major stars
View News in Arabic - Culture: أخبار الثقافة والفنون
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today Reading therapy relieves mental disorders

GMT 15:39 2017 Friday ,24 February

Reading therapy relieves mental disorders
Arab Today, arab today UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years

GMT 05:14 2017 Thursday ,23 February

UK appoints 1st Scotland Yard chief in 188 years
Arab Today, arab today Penguins in the age of dinos

GMT 11:44 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Penguins in the age of dinos
Arab Today, arab today Pluto's unruly moons

GMT 06:31 2015 Thursday ,04 June

Pluto's unruly moons
Arab Today, arab today 'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union

GMT 08:54 2017 Saturday ,25 February

'Constructive' Vauxhall talk with union
Arab Today, arab today Tesla back into red but revenue grows

GMT 07:27 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Tesla back into red but revenue grows
Arab Today, arab today Reasons for the delay 'On the Stairs of Servants'

GMT 06:42 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Reasons for the delay 'On the Stairs of Servants'
Arab Today, arab today Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 12:16 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Ex-yoga missionary unleashes rage

GMT 07:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Ola Ghanem hopes to work with M.Ramadan

GMT 12:35 2017 Tuesday ,21 February

63-Year-Old Woman Delivers Baby

GMT 18:23 2017 Friday ,24 February

Fadi explains secrets of  Nancy Ajram's newlook

GMT 10:28 2017 Wednesday ,22 February

Milan laughs while Rome cries

GMT 19:45 2017 Monday ,20 February

Sarah Belamesh designs antiques of "ceramic"

GMT 10:51 2017 Saturday ,25 February

Pigs with edited genes show resistance

GMT 14:04 2017 Friday ,24 February

Messi visit will contribute in tourism

GMT 13:12 2015 Saturday ,09 May

Sheikh Sultan opens Sharjah Centre

GMT 22:42 2017 Thursday ,23 February

Nasima Gamei revives heritage in jewelries
Arab Today, arab today
Arab Today, arab today
 
 Arab Today Facebook,arab today facebook  Arab Today Twitter,arab today twitter Arab Today Rss,arab today rss  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube  Arab Today Youtube,arab today youtube
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday arabstoday arabstoday
arabstoday
بناية النخيل - رأس النبع _ خلف السفارة الفرنسية _بيروت - لبنان
arabstoday, Arabstoday, Arabstoday