"We are not any more second-class citizens in the state of New York," said Yolanda Potasinski, 55, who stood in line before sunrise with partner Nancy Mertzel, a 48-year-old lawyer, to exchange vows in Manhattan on the first day of the law legalizing same-sex marriage.
"There's still work to do in the rest of the country," she admitted, as the two who have lived together for 18 years were among couples in New York City to say "I do."
City officials said a record-setting 659 couples were married in ceremonies Sunday and that others who received their licenses will be wed in the coming weeks.
"Today was a historic day in our city, and we couldn't be prouder that on the first day that everyone in New York City could have their love affirmed in the eyes of the law, we were able to serve everyone," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
I heard on the news that normal marriage benefit laws won't cover same sex spouses. This is probably bitter grapes, because under the law, benefits for married couples make no discrimination for sex. Sex has always been implied, because same sex marriages were never even expected. Not to mention that the courts are unlikely to even attempt to thwart the legislative intention to extend equal rights to all. Something jurisprudence already requires of the courts.
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