With the state's passage of the landmark marriage equality bill, many same-sex couples have started to think about their weddings, including one Manhattan couple who have been waiting more than two decades. NY1's Shazia Khan filed the following report.
Kips Bay residents Annie Silver and Amy Abravanel are making wedding plans.
"It's shocking and wonderful, it makes me want to cry," Silver said.
The couple has been together for almost 24 years. While they look forward to cementing their relationship with a legal ceremony, they say emotionally, they're already married.
"Emotional marriage what is that, it's just family. And that's what it's about for us, all of us," Abravanel said.
"And we're so lucky because our parents, our siblings, everybody's always accepted us," Silver said.
Soon after they began their relationship in the late 1980s they exchanged rings and vows in a private ceremony in the Poconos. Part of their commitment included a promise to fight for the rights of same-sex couples. They both made repeated calls to senators pleading for them to say yes to the same-sex marriage bill and say their activism will continue.
"We're very excited about it and it's a wonderful thing to have happened. But I would urge the other 44 states to get on it and not wait because at this point we're going to get married and I can't imagine that I will be getting married without my dad giving me away because he died five years ago," Abravanel said.
The couple plans to tie the knot sometime this year. They envision a barefoot wedding on the beach in Cherry Grove on Fire Island surrounded by family and friends.
"I hope that we'll have all our drag queen friends as flower girls," said Abravanel. "And it's going to be one of those weddings that everyone is going to want to come to because we're just going to make it fun. It's not going to be a big expensive lavish affair, it's just going to be to celebrate us."
The couple's more immediate plans include participating in Sunday's Pride Parade, joining with others to mark the historic moment.