- New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday made use of some newly granted powers to officiate at his first wedding, that of a same sex couple
- David Contreras Turley exchanged vows with Peter Thiede outside of the historic Stonewall Inn on Sunday
- ‘Today is a good day because at the end of the day, love wins today. And any day that love wins is a good day,’ Cuomo said
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday made use of some newly granted powers to officiate at his first wedding, that of a same-sex couple who wed outside a Greenwich Village bar where police harassment of patrons sparked three days of riots in 1969.
David Contreras Turley, who worked as part of the coalition to pass the marriage equality law in New York State, exchanged vows with Peter Thiede, a UBS analyst.
The marriage took place in front of the Stonewall Inn on the day of the annual gay pride march and two days after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage across the country.
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First wedding: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, left, talks with Peter Thiede, center, and David Turley, before officiating at their wedding, his first ever, on Sunday before the Gay Pride March
Kiss: David Turley, center, and Peter Thiede, kiss before getting married. The marriage took place on the day of the gay pride march and two days after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage
Ceremony: David Turley, left, places a wedding band on his husband Peter Thiede, during their marriage ceremony, as Governer Andrew Cuomo officiates
‘Today is a good day because at the end of the day, love wins today. And any day that love wins is a good day,’ Cuomo said before asking the couple to join him on stage, adding that he was slightly nervous, since ‘this is my first marriage.’
‘Marriage is an individual choice — I’m not married,’ he said. ‘Equality is not a choice. Equality is a promise.’
State law did not allow Cuomo to officiate at wedding ceremonies until last week. The authority to do so was granted as part of a slew of legislation passed days ago.
Tears of joy: Emotional Peter Thiede fights back tears before marrying his love David Turley on Sunday
David Turley, left, and Peter Thiede, smile after getting married by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday.
‘We live in California,’ said Turley’s father Earl Stalder.
‘At 10 o’clock [a.m. Saturday] I was working in my garage and my wife, Yolanda said, “Hey we’re going to New York, because the governor is going to marry David.” By noon we were at the airport.’
Turley told Newsday that the marriage felt even more significant after the Supreme Court’s decision.
‘It’s hard to put feelings into words,’ Turley said.
‘Even though we had gay marriage in New York, this feels different. I feel different.’
Official by law: The marriage license for David Turley and Peter Thiede is shown after the couple signed it on Sunday just days after the Supreme Court legalized marriage in the U.S.
Strong union: Peter Thiede hugs husband David Turley hug after getting married. ‘It’s hard to put feelings into words,’ Turley said. ‘Even though we had gay marriage in New York, this feels different. I feel different’
Prior to the wedding ceremony, attorney Roberta Kaplan spoke to the crowd. Kaplan represented Edie Windsor in the case that saw the court issue a ruling against the federal Defense of Marriage Act.
Cuomo said New York played a role in getting same-sex marriage to the point where it was, by legalizing it in the state in 2011.
‘New York passed marriage equality and people waited to see what happened.’ Cuomo said.
‘And you know what? The sky didn’t fall and the earth didn’t stop spinning and there wasn’t anarchy and good people came together and are sharing their lives.’
Cuomo said that the marriage debate became a channel for bigotry.
‘You had a lot of people who were living in fear for many, many years,’ the governor said after the ceremony.
Victory for love: ‘Today is a good day because at the end of the day, love wins today. And any day that love wins is a good day,’ Cuomo (pictured at the march) said as he officiated the wedding
‘The marriage issue became a proxy for discrimination.’
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