City Council Speaker Quinn Celebrates Her High-Profile Same-Sex Marriage
City Council Speaker Christine Quinn married her longtime partner Kim Catullo in Chelsea on Saturday in the highest profile same-sex wedding to take place in New York to date. NY1's Grace Rauh filed the following report.
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On Saturday, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and her girlfriend Kim Catullo made it official, getting married in Chelsea with some of the biggest names in New York politics cheering them on.
New York's former Chief Judge Judith Kaye officiated, after Quinn and Catullo's fathers walked them down the aisle. Governor Andrew Cuomo, who signed the state's Marriage Equality Act into law last year, had a prime seat at the ceremony.
The wedding was a personal one but politics was never too far from the forefront.
"It's a historic moment in history that we are all celebrating right now," said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. "And our is job to make sure that we have equality for all, that every loving couple in America can celebrate publicly with the person that they love, with their family around them and with the blessing of their state."
Quinn wore a Carolina Herrera wedding gown and Catullo donned a Ralph Lauren suit. The flowers were local, many of them grown on the High Line park, just down the street from the wedding.
Friends and family said they were moved by the wedding.
"The thing that was great about the ceremony was that they truly looked at things in the past, the future and in the present," said Jeff Catullo, Kim Catullo's nephew. "There really wasn't a dry eye in the house."
There was no picture of a kiss between the brides. But outside, before the ceremony, another openly gay politician, Manhattan Senator Tom Duane, gave his partner a kiss in front of the cameras.
"And just so you know, he leads on the dance floor but I drive," said Duane.
But this wedding was not always a sure thing. This time last year, the couple did not have the right to marry in New York. Then state lawmakers legalized same-sex marriage and the wedding planning could begin.
"When they attributed their marriage to New York law, there was a great round of applause, for the very special law that was passed that enabled this," said Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney.
It was a law that Quinn helped push over the finish line.