Monday, June 07, 2010

NY City Performs Same-sex Mock Weddings

The bride wore a knee-length white slip dress and the (other) bride wore a chocolate brown sleeveless top and pants for the domestic partner ceremony (no, it's not a "wedding" -- that's not legal, yet).

-- From "NYC Offers Ceremonies for Domestic Partner Unions" by Sara Kugler Frazier, Associated Press 6/4/10

Gelixa Ortiz and Elizabeth Rivera waited years for the chance to formally join their lives and declare their union in front of their loved ones. On Friday, they had their moment as one of New York City's first couples to have an official domestic partner ceremony.

New York City has allowed couples to register as domestic partners since 1993, but it wasn't until this week that the city began granting them the option of a ceremony at the clerk's office. It's the same as what they offer couples who are legally marrying, and the cost is $25.

The domestic partner ceremony does not carry with it any additional legal benefits, and gay marriage still is not legal in New York state.

In 2009, 5,500 couples registered as domestic partners in New York City. . . . About 70 percent of couples who register as domestic partners in New York City are opposite sex, the clerk said.

To read the entire article, CLICK HERE.

I thought that the same-sex marriage experiment wasn't supposed to change traditional marriage -- silly me!