Speaker Quinn Prepares To Tie The Knot
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn will marry her partner Kim Catullo in a ceremony Saturday in front of numerous New York political figures. NY1's Grace Rauh filed this report.
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When City Council Speaker Christine Quinn ties the knot with her fiance Kim Catullo Saturday, a who's who of the New York's political world will be on hand to cheer her on.
Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo and the state's senators are all on the invite list. Quinn's likely competitors in the 2013 mayor's race did not make the cut.
"For every bride and groom or bride and bride and groom and groom, it's hard to narrow down your invite list," Quinn said
The details of Quinn's wedding are captivating the political set. At a press conference on the police department's stop and frisk policies this week, the speaker fielded no less than 23 questions about her big day.
Is she nervous? Yes. Will she wear a veil? No. Has Quinn found the dress of her dreams? Yes. Will she tell the press what it looks like? Not a chance.
Quinn admitted she is having trouble letting other people take over the preparations and she told her team as much.
"I said, you've never really worked with me before," she said. "There is no room in my life I have ever walked into having left all the details to somebody else. So if you think that on this day I'm not going to be here in the middle of the afternoon with a clipboard, you are out of your mind, people."
It is all taking place at an event space in Chelsea. The Speaker's security detail was spotted outside Friday afternoon. The N-Y-P-D seems to be expecting a big crowd.
Quinn is not the first openly gay politician to wed in New York.
State Assemblyman Danny O'Donnell and his partner got married in January.
It's a very private thing that you are doing but in a very public manner," O'Donnell said. "I'm sure Christine is very nervous."
Quinn's path to her wedding has been a public one. When New York legalized same-sex marriage last year, she was at announcing a budget deal at City Hall. New Yorkers got to see her emotional response. She was, after all, in front of the media when she heard the news.
"To say that what you know in your heart is true, that you are a full member of this state and that your family is as good as any other family," she said.
For Quinn, this is a case where politics became very personal.