1. Celia says...

    StaceyZ, I’m pretty sure that the distinction between church/temple-sanctioned marriage versus state-sanctioned marriage is precisely one of the many such separations contemplated by the concept of separation of church and state. Please bear in mind that no statutory OR constitutional legalization of marriage between gay and lesbian adults requires any religious institution to accept those marriages in ways that do not reach the color of the law.

    Clearly, however, you disagree with my interpretation of the liberties afforded under the First Amendment. I’m therefore very interested in your interpretation of “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Can you please help me understand what you think it “actually” means? How have I, and other supporters of human rights, misunderstood the First Amendment?

  2. Anonymous says...

    Here is a short film done by the BBC about the first couple in this post, which may prove to change some hearts and minds.


    Love between two adults, regardless of gender, is a beautiful thing.

  3. Anonymous says...

    I, too, disagree with the sacred definition of “marriage” (which I believe was ordained to be between a man and a woman) now being used to define homosexual relationships. I am all about equal rights, those who wish to spend their lives together as a same sex couple should indeed receive all tax/health benefits that any straight couple should receive. Yet, my religious beliefs and even more than that, my heart tells me that the term, the very, very sacred term of marriage, is being tarnished by something I do not believe God intended for His children. I know what that may sound like to those who aren’t religious, or those who are religious and who think that marriage is merely just an “equal right” for gay couples. I’m not doubting that these couples love one another as much as any other straight couple, but I do not believe this is what God wants for his children who He loves very much.

    Regardless, this does not make me a “less devoted” follower. I adore your blog, and I appreciate different points of view, and am always willing to respect differing views than my own. Just wanted to join in on the conversation!

  4. Sarah says...

    I would love to hear Your Truly explain how exactly legalizing gay marriage contributes to the crumbling of the institution of marriage. People seem to say this all the time, but I have yet to hear an explanation of exactly how that happens. The sepparation of church and state is not an objective issue and as someone with a phd in political science I can say that the definitions offered here are correct. Legislation should not be created based on religious beliefs, but rather universal human rights. Not everyone in this country shares the same religious beliefs and it is wrong to impose one set of customs on everyone.

  5. Anonymous says...

    bravo!! i am so happy for all of us

  6. Oh no! What is this world coming to? Do we really want to legally recognize the love and devotion of adults in long term committed relationships? Why would we want equal rights and protections for everybody?

    That just sounds silly to me. Next thing you know, we will be allowing same sex couples to hold jobs, buy homes, vote in elections and generally act like everybody else in the world. Why would they expect to receive the same rights, privileges, and considerations as everybody else? It’s not like they work, raise kids, create art, pay taxes, go to church, volunteer, defend our country, or otherwise contribute to society like the rest of us.

    Oh… they do… they do all of that stuff?

    Well then, that is another matter entirely. What do you say we treat all people regardless of race, gender, religion, creed, and sexual preference the same?

    Why does our country need to lead the world in hate, narrow-mindedness, and intolerance of the rights and beliefs of all people that are not exactly like us?

    KInd of reminds me of the meanness of high school cliques. Let’s pretend we are mature adults.

  7. Very sweet. At last, thank goodness.

  8. EJ says...

    Also I forgot to say how bemused I am by people calling homosexuality a ‘lifestyle’. It’s not a lifestyle, it’s a life.

  9. EJ says...

    I saw the NY magazine feature before I came on your blog this morning, but I’m so glad to see you posted about it. I admit, I started reading your blog for the pretty pictures, but I’ve kept reading for posts like these, and the previous one. Bravo!

  10. Anonymous says...

    I completely agree with StaceyZ about the real definition of the separation between church and state. It is misunderstood in it’s implications and misused as an argument for gay marriage.

    I can agree to disagree with the majority of the commenters. I suppose the future of our society will tell.

  11. These are wonderful photos, though my heart breaks reading some of the comments dissenting marriage equality.

  12. I love all your marriage and wedding posts Joanna. Congratulations and best of luck to all the newly married couples!

  13. These photos and stories are all so wonderful – I got a little emotional reading!

  14. Wow. You are really ready to stir up controversy by bringing up this issue. I’m sure that you have made many readers more devoted, but you have no doubt also lost several once-devoted fans.

    Unfortunately, I think I may be in the latter category. I think that the institution of marriage is slowly crumbling which will have unfathomable consequences on the future of our country, just as if any other major institution in our country fell. That is how it directly affects my life.

  15. Yay for New York! Love this post xo

  16. StaceyZ says...

    When I read/follow a blog I do so for the “pretty pictures” and for the useful information that is sometimes provided. This post today was neither of those. I for one do not share the overall happy feelings and well wishes of the majority that posted comments and it would just be nice to not have this issue of gay marriage and homosexuality shoved down our throats every other day. Btw, how about someone actually looking up what the so called separation of church and state actually means because I can guarantee that most of the people don’t have a clue. Everyone just keeps eating the same garbage that’s been fed to us for years.

  17. I am so happy that the world does continue to get better, even during tough times, when we think that global warming is going to be our demise, and all you hear about on the news are depressing heartbreaking stories…joy like this still comes through!

    Love is love is love, and THAT should be sacred and beautiful. I am SO happy for ALL people in love who have been able to celebrate that in whatever way they choose. Straight, gay, bi, lesbian, trans, queer, and “categories” yet to be defined: love and be loved, that’s what really makes the world a lovely place to live! SO happy :)

  18. About time!:D

  19. Hooray for New York and for all who got married!
    Great post Joanna :)

  20. As a sister of a gay brother, all I can say is ‘about bloody time’. Though I still can’t believe people have the audacity to remark that marriage is ‘for man and woman only’. That attitude is utterly appalling and it belongs in the dark ages. People are people…obviously some moreso than others.

  21. what fabulous photos and quips. thanks joanna.

  22. Anonymous says...

    bravo is exactly right! still so excited for ny. about time we send the message that we dont just tolerate or accept people and their love- we value it!

  23. oh Joanna,

    These pics are amazing! Everytime I read news on gay marriage I feel like jumping up and down.. most of my friends are gay and I have seen them sad so many times for the fact they wanted to make their relationship official as any other one!
    I wish this happened in my city as well..
    It melts my heart to see there are people who are understanding and aware that we are such a diverse world and that people are equally unique!
    I’m happy for NY! That’s the way to go!

    Nice post!

  24. The fourth picture down make me tear up a little bit!

  25. such beautiful pictures! now if only Australia would follow!!

  26. }Thanks for sharing this! I loved it!

  27. thanks for posting this jo, such beautiful pics bring tears to my eyes…tears of joy for them but also tears of sorrow as DOMA is still in effect and until that is repealed, these state victories are small…

    thank you, thank you, thank you for your continued support–you are such a brave and strong ally!!

    much love!!

  28. Love this post! So proud to be a New Yorker :)

  29. Lovely photos. I enjoyed reading through this photo essay. Thank you, Joanna. I think it’s fantastic that NYC has taken this step. I hope other cities will soon follow suit.

  30. Anonymous says...

    I am extremely disappointed about the legalization of gay marriage. Just another sign of the times though I guess… the world is becoming more and more wicked which only means the second coming of Jesus Christ is getting closer! Hallelujah!

  31. kristin says...

    Congrats to New York! I’m a straight, married Catholic in full support of same-sex marriage. It does not threaten my religion or marriage one bit! Also, can I say I LOVE that “Lady Justice” is wearing a nursing bra under her wedding dress?! Fantastic. Big smiles when I saw that one.

  32. I think I’m like the 100th person to say this, but I agree that Erin’s comment is spot on! Congrats NY!

  33. while in my view there have been comments on here that have painted this issue in a more negative light, i can’t help but be astounded and truly humbled by the many outnumbering comments of love and acceptance for every man and woman, regardless of sexual preference. this, everyone, is progress. that’s what moves me to tears today.

  34. I find it irritating that the “separation of church and state” has for the most part been completely ignored when it comes to government involvement in marriage of any kind. Every person that I personally have come across who opposes gay marriage does so on grounds of “morals” or “God”. NOTE: I am religious and I find that to be a completely invalid excuse! Here’s why:

    Legal marriage is a joining together of assets and assigning of legal privileges- basically, a business and legal transaction. Denying a couple of two consenting adults a legal marriage solely based on the fact that they’re of the same gender is discrimination and, I believe, a denying of rights that should not be tolerated.

    I don’t need to have any say in who you (straight or gay) are in love with. I don’t care if you’re straight or gay in the first place. Marriage is MORE than religion- if marriages were only “religious” and not tied in any way to the government, there would be a whole lot less married people! Marriage is MORE than a piece of paper! Marriage is MORE than just “love” (many straight couples should be ashamed here as the alarming number of divorces in the US are probably a result of marrying for fleeting “love” and not true commitment).

    This issue is ALL about equal rights.

  35. Kristen says...

    Kudos to those who have offered such beautifully eloquent and, most importantly, intelligent explanations to those few ‘anonymous’ readers who don’t seem to understand this controversy.

    ‘Anonymous’, the gay marriage issue as it is right now in the States is an issue of LAW, not RELIGION. And that is why ‘…having opinions based on religious view’ will never, ever be a good enough reason or valid basis for an argument.

    It’s comparing apples to oranges.

    (And thank you Joanna for sharing something so beautiful and classy.)

  36. Thanks for posting this!

  37. Anonymous says...

    Kate, I have often had that same thought. I imagine that my children will be baffled by our government’s resistance to uphold basic human rights for gay people, much in the same way I remember my confusion when, as a child, I first learned that there was a time in our history when a black person couldn’t marry a white person. Or, as a young girl, when I found out there was a time when women couldn’t vote, or own property. These things seem baffling to us now, when we can recognize in hindsight that those changes in our history marked progress, undeniably. I feel strongly that the same goes for marriage equality.

    By the way, I’m proposing to my girlfriend any day now. I bought the ring! (Freaking out!!!)

  38. Anonymous says...

    kudos to yo jo for presenting a controversial issue in such a classy, dignified, and personal way. and showing us the beauty in each couple’s love.

  39. My husband and I cried tears of joy the night of June 24th when New York legalized gay marriage – the same night as our fourth wedding anniversary. These photos are so moving and to see people who have waited a lifetime to get married makes me weep every time I read a story or see photos of the marriages.

    I only had to wait seven months to marry the love of my life. But even if I hadn’t wanted to plan a wedding, we could have gone out the day after our engagement and gotten married. Can you imagine waiting two years, ten, twenty years to marry the person you loved? Can you imagine being forced to testify against your partner in court because no spousal privilege rule existed for you? Can you imagine not being able to be at your loved one’s side if she or he was sick in the hospital and being denied the right to make end of life decisions because the law did not recognize you as anyone of standing? There are so many things that straight couples take for granted that gay couples are completely barred from having.

    I can only hope that my son who is two right now will someday look at me in bewilderment and ask, “Why in the hell couldn’t gay people get married?” I think I will probably cry giving him the answer.

  40. I love you for posting this! I am grinning from ear to ear and wiping away tears as I read each one.

    I live in SF, so on the first day it was legalized in 2008 I went down to city hall to take pictures and congratulate people. I always tear up when I see couples who have been together forever who can finally legally be recognized. Then on 8.8.8 my wife and I got married. :)

  41. These pictures are all so beautiful, you can really see the love! :) xo

  42. Such gorgeous photos! Regardless of what side of the fence you sit on, you can’t deny that the images show nothing but true love!

  43. Oh wow!!!! That’s great!!!!

  44. Karaugh…your last sentance speaks volumes.

  45. I consider myself a religious and spiritual person. But I also consider myself a realist. If we are going to take our religious beliefs and queues from texts like the Bible (not saying you are, just giving an example), then we should also support stoning individuals who work on the Sabbath…! That’s just a silly retort for those who take such literal translations of religious beliefs. So thank you to Jamie for reminding us of a very valid point between those who do and do not support gay marriage; that laws should not be informed by religious beliefs.

    I would also like to agree with a point Erin made about some of the true issues that hurt the sanctity of marriage. To Colby and Jessica, there is nothing wrong with having an informed opinion that you present respectfully. And thank you to those who do. But there IS something wrong with people who voice their opinions in a negative way. Everyone is absolutely entitled to their own beliefs, but to put down others is inappropriate. For the anonymous posters with rude one-liners about how they were “disgusted” by the images… simply hurtful and uncalled for. Having an informed opinion should be welcomed and respected. But if an individual supports their beliefs from a place of intolerance and disrespect, they do not deserve to have their opinion heard.

    Ironic that many choose to remain anonymous though, don’t you think?

  46. Hooray for marriage! Love is all you need.

  47. Wow, Jo. You have sparked some great conversations today. Interesting to hear both parties speak.

  48. Sasha says...

    I too am SAD that our nation is slowly accepting things that should not be accepted — things like restrictions on birth control and access to abortions, things like Michele Bachmann, and things like the criminalization of civic participation by the impoverished…and things like interfering with my rights under the Equal Protection Clause.

    Luckily, every now and then, there’s a tiny (albeit mostly symbolic) victory for true patriots, like marriage for consensual gay and lesbian adults, in the face off all these other unacceptable things!

  49. This makes me so happy! This is a great step in the right direction. Equality!


  50. Hi, Colby and Jessica,

    So, here’s the thing about you saying that “it’s only our opinion just like all the others.” Your opinion has a real and direct impact on my life, and the lives of countless other people in same-sex relationships.

    Your opinion that the state shouldn’t recognize same-sex marriages means that my partner and I can’t receive benefits from the government that married straight couples do, like filing our taxes jointly or passing assets like property on to the other person if one of us were to die. In many states, it means that one of us wouldn’t have legal rights to our children, which means everything from not being able to sign school forms to no longer having custody of our children if the legal parent died.

    These are just some of the things that real people (like me! *waves*) deal with or think about the threat of every day because of your opinion.

    To be clear, I think it’s totally fine if you think that being gay is morally wrong and/or that your church or other religious institutions shouldn’t have to recognize same-sex marriages. We’re talking about civil marriage here, ones performed by the state. Many same-sex couples don’t want their marriage to be recognized by a religious institution or, in my case, belong to a religious community that already does recognize and perform these marriages and embrace all people, including gays and lesbians.

    To me, your opinion is a negative one because it directly has a negative impact on my life and the lives of countless others. I really can’t see how my opinion, or those of people who agree that the government should recognize same-sex marriages, negatively impacts the life of anyone else.

  51. I’m really glad to see that there are people who are against gay marriage voicing their opinions here in the comments. I’m sad our nation is slowly accepting things that should not be accepted. Also, it’s really annoying that once someone disagrees with something like this it is seen as a “negative comment.” Why are we not allowed to disagree? After all, it’s only our opinion just like all the others. There’s nothing negative about that.

  52. I’d like to respond to Anonymous, if I could:

    Your argument, “I don’t believe new defenitions of marriage will contribute to a more wholesome, stable society” sounds almost exactly like an argument that was used in the mid 1950s when the issue of interracial marriage had everyone up in arms. The gay marriage issue today is what the interracial marriage issue was for the last generation. It was legalized, and no one died. The very framework of our society did not come crumbling down around us. People who didn’t believe in it went about their daily lives completely unaffected.

    If anything, if everyone who opposed gay marriage from a religious standpoint was really so concerned with the sanctity of the institution of marriage and not instead trying to impose their religious beliefs on the rest of society, they would be boycotting divorce or domestic abuse or spousal rape. You know, REAL problems eroding the institution of marriage. If two consenting adults happen to have the same genitalia and want to spend their lives together, how in anyway does that affect you?

  53. Hillary says...

    Thanks for linking to this article – It made my heart swell to see all this commitment and love. We should all be so blessed, and why this isn’t legal everywhere is beyond my comprehension.

  54. Love that! Thanks for sharing :)

  55. Kristin says...

    Not everyone worships the same “god” or any god — that’s why those arguments aren’t very persuasive. In my belief, you’re not supposed to eat meat. You don’t see me yanking a ham bone out of your mouth though!

  56. This is such an uplifting and gorgeous series of images. I am so, SO proud to have been born in Connecticut, raised in Massachusetts, and have both sides of my family from New York. Three of the growing number of states to legalize a marriage that, in the first place, shouldn’t even be an issue. Now… if my adopted home of California would just legalize it already, I’d feel even more thrilled for my friends who should have long held the right to marry as my husband and I have. Good times! Thanks for your sharing of this love and beauty, Joanna.

  57. Sorry anonymous, I respect your religious viewpoints, but if we’re taking a live and let live approach, then there’s no reason for government intervention of who can marry, just as I’m sure you wouldn’t wish for a government intervention into your religious life. And why yes, if you want to disagree with gay marriage for personal reasons on a religious basis that’s fine, but a major part of the American legislative system is the separation of church and states, so religious beliefs can’t inform laws, especially as they pertain to people who happen to not share your same religious beliefs. Secondly, the reality is that legally speaking, marriage is not simply just above love. If someone is not allowed to marry, then their partners don’t enjoy the same protection of health and insurance benefits, they have a harsher tax system, and in the event that one partner dies, the other isn’t protected by the same life insurance benefits, estate laws, etc. So by making gay marriage illegal, there’s no way that you’re giving citizens equal protection under the law. In fact, you’re actually stripping people of economic rights in very real and tangible ways. Another major part of the US legislative system is the principal of equal protection under the law. And finally, I’m sorry, I don’t even know where to begin with the comparisons of homosexuality and incest. Incest usually characterizes extremely dysfunctional, abusive familial relationships, while gay couples are typically about as supportive, functional, and healthy as their straight couterparts.

  58. I so happy about this decision – it’s about time. I live right near Niagara Falls and many couples were married there at midnight too. So ecstatic for our friends. Also, it was my 30th birthday – a fun day to remember when I see it on the news. :-)

  59. Anonymous says...

    I agree with anonymous above ^^. I do not hate homosexuals, I just disagree with their lifestyle and have the right to lovingly do so. I have friends and co workers who live that lifestyle, and I love them just as I do my other friends. However, I believe God created marriage to be between one man and one woman, as is shown in the beginning of creation. May God open our eyes to how He purposed things to be.

  60. Lindsey says...

    Oh wow, I couldn’t look at all of those pictures without getting a little choked up! If there’s anything the world needs to see a lot of, its that kind of love and commitment. Thanks for passing along all of that joy!

  61. Beautiful. Bravo New York, indeed!

  62. Anonymous says...

    I don’t support gay marriage,from a religious standpoint.

    To clarify some comments stated above: 1) I wholeheartedly agree that gay men and women play a significant, equally contributing, portion to our economy and the workforce. No one is challenging this idea. Only because someone doesn’t support gay marriage absoultely does not mean they don’t support gay people, well, as people! 2) I find it very hypocritical that supporters of gay marriage value “love for everyone” and “equality”, but label people who do not agree with you as “haters” and don’t tolerate any dissenting statements. Even if someone disagrees with you, and based on your ideology, don’t you think we should be tolerated and loved as well? Seems to me that many gay marriage supporters don’t really believe what they say about love and tolerance. 3)Many gay marriage supporters say that “love conquers all” and that everyone should have the right to it. But is this what you really believe? Because then there’s many illegal things that fall under this including incest and polygamy. Do you really believe that love should override everything? Here’s another troubling idea that I don’t understand and that seems hypocritical from my point of view. It seems to me that love doesn’t conquer all, no matter how someone feels. There SHOULD be boundaries, right? Love should not just be whatever it wants to be. 4) The reason why many opponents to gay marriage don’t “offer reasons or explanations” is because it’s difficult to have a civilized discussion about this matter without name-calling from the supporting side. And somehow, having opinions based on religious view is not a good enough reason. 5)These issues DO affect me because they affect the society in which I live! I don’t believe new defenitions of marriage will contribute to a more wholesome, stable society.
    These are some ideas off the top of my head. I hope that any who read this and disagree will be respectful of my point of view.

  63. Lovely photos. So proud of you for posting.

  64. lovely! and i’m sorry, i have to disagree with the opponents: love and equality can only be positive contributions to our society. having a gay brother (who was tortured constantly, growing up in virginia), this is an issue that i have always felt very strongly about. it’s truly terrible how dehumanizing our society as a whole is towards homosexuals throughout their whole lives, and no one should be denied the right to form happy unions and families. i’m, perhaps falsely assuming, that a lot of opponents of gay marriage are republican – and though i respect everyone’s right to uphold their own political beliefs – i do agree with mayor bloomberg, a republican and one of the most influential supporters of marriage equality in new york – that government intervention in private lives doesn’t align with the republican ideal of small government. furthermore, as i’m sure most new yorkers (especially those in media and creative industries) can attest, gay men and women play a MAJOR leadership role in our city and state’s economy (and the cultural life of america.) i say that as someone who has worked in the new york office of a major studio for years – with more gay colleagues and bosses than straight ones!. leaving ideologies aside, you also have to consider the economic inequality of denying marriage (remember it’s tied to benefits and health care, taxation, wills and estates, etc.) to anyone, let alone people who undeniably play a major role in new york’s economy. finally, i don’t know anyone in new york who doesn’t have gay friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, etc. one of the reasons that gay marriage passed in new york is that by living side-by-side, it becomes clear that love is love, no matter what the orientation.

  65. Love it ~ Beautiful married couples

  66. Thanks for sharing, and I also agree with Erin’s comment.

    I too am fascinated by the negative comments on here. I understand we all have our own beliefs, and I am very thankful we all get to speak them, but I don’t understand why some people feel like they’re so powerful and so “right” that they can deny others basic human rights. I just wonder if these people realize that they look like the South in 1860. Doesn’t work out so well.

    (PS: I’m straight and a born and raised Texan, and even I have sense to know right and wrong from how I was raised.)

  67. looking at these pics gave me full on goosebumps, no joke! and Bravo, New York indeed! Now lets get the rest of the states on board…

  68. truly moving to read the snippets of interviews, especially the ones with the older couples who have been together longer than most of us readers have been alive, and who can now, finally, share the same legal rights of marriage as their straight fellow-citizens. what a momentous day for new york.

  69. I totally cried reading their little interviews. So much love in these relationships, it really comes through in their words and photos. I don’t think I would have seen this if you hadn’t posted it, so thank you.

  70. About bloody time! Now all the states need to follow suit!

  71. Love knows no bounds.
    You go NYC.

  72. yes, bravo! Some of my friends were taking a family vacation in New York City and happened to be there on the first day it was legal. They got to watch a lesbian wedding in Washington Square Park! Their mom said she was glad her somewhat closed-minded sons got to see it.
    Darling photos, by the way.

  73. Anonymous says...

    It’s really disappointing to even see the few negative comments for this post. They don’t offer any reasoning or legitimate explanations. Nobody is judging who they love, and I really don’t see how this would effect their lives in anyway. All it does is bring more love and acceptance to the world! If you choose intolerance in your life, thats fine, but what a horrible thing to preach to other people. At least this opinion is on its way out! Congratulations to the happy couples and to a more loving and accepting world :)

  74. SO interesting to hear opposing views on this. I have always been truly fascinated by the opposition to allowing everyone to freely marry. But…that’s what makes the world go round!

  75. I love these – thanks for sharing! Hooray NY!

  76. This makes me so happy!! I live in San Francisco, and I hope that our community can experience this joy soon as well! Just yesterday, I was reading through the Six Word Memoirs (see my blog for more on this) and the one that put a huge smile on my face was “Recieved first gay wedding invite. FABULOUS!!!” As an event professional, I LOVE that.


  77. Bravo New York!!!

  78. Hurrah! Thank you for posting this!

  79. Anonymous says...

    I have to say I am not a fan. Marriage should be between only a man a women. It’s unfortunate that same sex marriages are, slowly, being legalized.

  80. Anonymous says...

    It’s really interesting to hear from some of your readers who feel that love, marriage, and sex “should” be between a man and a woman, but that these images, and of course, the reality of the world around us, allows them to appreciate love when they see it. It’s undeniable that love “should” be whatever it wants to be–that’s the wonder of its power! Thank you for posting this.

  81. A chance to celebrate in the most basic of human rights.
    Let’s celebrate “Love” for all.

  82. Hooray :D

  83. I am loving these profiles on the couples on nymag.com! Hooray!

  84. Well done…Bravo!! So fabulous that people are able to officially be together..love it! BTW your post yesterday on talking to little girls was FABULOUS! I sent that to so many people!

    Recipes Fashion Marriage

  85. Really enjoyed reading each couples comments about the day. Put such a huge smile on my face. Can’t believe New York hadn’t already legalised marriage for gay couples. Well done, New York. Hopefully some more states will follow.

  86. that top photo is so sweet. i do think that love is supposed to be between a man and a woman, but you can’t help who you love. and there’s no reason any human shouldn’t be allowed to marry any other human. so i’m proud of new york for this too. congratulations to all of those sweet couples who are just so in love and celebrated that love with getting married. it seems like a dream come true.

  87. Wow about time! Love these photos <3

  88. love wins over everything, it really does!

  89. Hurray New York! Love this post!!

    And the girls on top really do look like J.Crew models :)

  90. This is such an exciting step in the right direction and I love all of these photos…so, so sweet.

  91. Bravo for our world!! step by step, I’m proud of being Spanish for this issue too!! :)

  92. Really so moving! Thank you for sharing this. I can’t imagine how exciting it must be in New York right now. I was in SF both times before and the energy of the city becomes electric.

    I love the style of your blog, but yesterday’s and today’s posts have really brought serious class. Thank you for putting yourself out there to share. (There will be haters on this, for sure, but it’s so important to show your support.)

  93. although i am also for marriage only being between a man and a woman, these are great photos of happy people. best of luck to them.

  94. Love this post and also love Erin’s comment.
    Now it’s time for the rest of the states to follow suit!

  95. Tearing up at my desk. Beautiful pictures, and seeing a couple like Ruthie and Connie (engaged for 36 years!) finally getting married is beyond moving.

  96. Leah says...

    Everyone has their own opinion, but getting to see love prevail is incredible. We’re making history…and I’m proud to be a part of it!

    Congrats to New York! Congrats to the happy couples!

  97. Pressing the “like” button. It’s about time. Hopefully everyone else will follow along.

  98. It amazes me how slowly our laws come to reflect our culture. Think about how the NYT has been printing same sex unions in their Vows section for so many years now. That said, I’m very happy that in our lifetime we may be able to look back at our society’s failure to protect gay rights as archaic and nonsensical as segregation or Jim Crow laws. Go New York!!!! And go Joanna- I like the issue-oriented vibe of both this post and yesterday’s little girls piece.

  99. ´dares´… of course. Marriage is only between man and woman, by the way.

  100. Bravo?? That´s terrible and nobody dears to say that!

  101. Love :)

  102. wow, 300? congrats to all of them!

  103. gorgeous photos, congrats to everyone!

  104. Anonymous says...

    That little child looks so serious!

  105. This is a truly beautiful post <3 The pictures are amazing and it makes my heart melt to know that times are changing for the better and that love can be shared no matter who we are or where we come from!

  106. Jw says...

    gives me butterflies.

  107. That’s good news. It’s been legal in the UK since 2005. Lovely photos.

  108. Times are changing…and society is starting to wake up. Thank god! xoxoxo

  109. These photos are lovely! And bravo NY indeed!

  110. Carlen says...

    So wonderful! Looking at those photos and seeing the pure joy in their eyes truly made my day. Thanks for sharing it.

  111. Lovely photos! Thanks for posting these, Joanna.

    My fiancee and I are getting married this fall, but we’ll sadly be traveling to another state to make it legal, since it isn’t yet here (or in 44 other states).

    We’ve still got a long way to go, but this is a great step in the right direction! Also, did you know that when NY legalized same-sex marriage that the number of people living in a US state where it’s legal more than doubled?

  112. yay! love these photos

  113. HOORAY!! Such cute couples too! I wish them all the best in their happy marriages.

    I “fourth” Erin’s comment!

  114. super good news! xx

  115. Fantastic!!! Well done, New York and those photos are so sweet:) Happy Tuesday, Joanna!

  116. Wow, that’s so amazing. I didn’t even know about this.

    I’m glad some states are going upwards. I remember last year or so, one of the states went from legal gay marriage, to banning it again!

  117. Amanda G. says...

    I second Erin’s comment! Great job, NY!

  118. Anonymous says...

    Love these photos.

  119. So lovely and wonderful! I can’t wait until it stops being called “gay marriage” and is just considered “marriage” :)

  120. Such great photos, all of the love shines through. Getting choked up!

  121. wonderful!!! so happy for all of them!! bravo new york!!