Cuomo Officiates Marriage Ceremony
NEW YORK (AP) Gov. Andrew Cuomo used recently-granted powers to form a more perfect union: That of a same-sex couple in Manhattan.
Cuomo officiated the wedding of a financial analyst and a Human Rights Campaign worker late Sunday morning.
The marriage ceremony was in front of the Stonewall Inn, a Manhattan gay bar where police harassment of patrons sparked three days of riots in 1969.
State law did not allow Cuomo to officiate at wedding ceremonies until last week, when authority to do so was granted as part of a slew of legislation passed days ago.
The governor said Thursday some same-sex marriages are very meaningful to him, personally, and he wanted to officiate.
The marriage was part of a weekend of celebration following a Supreme Court decision announced Friday that said same-sex couples have the right to marry anywhere in the United States.
Following the ceremony, Cuomo joined other public figures including Mayor Bill de Blasio in the annual Heritage of Pride Parade which featured thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in a march down Fifth Avenue from midtown Manhattan to the West Village.
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