Tuesday, January 10, 2012

First Marriages in Rochester Sunday July 24, 2011

NY Marriage Equality became a reality in Rochester on Sunday July 24 as 39 same-sex couples received marriage licenses at City Hall or at Brighton Town Hall. Couples started lining up at 6am waiting for the doors to open at 1pm. Judges volunteered their services so that couples could waive the 24 hour waiting period and marry immediately which 10 couples chose to do. It was a day of great joy and happiness. Equality Rochester and Pride at Work AFL-CIO organized the festivities surrounding the couples who received marriage licenses. Flowers, bubbles, cake, professional photographs, wedding favors, music and cheering supporters joined the celebration throughout the day.

Supporters came to celebrate 

Kracke Photography took pictures of the wedding ceremonies
and happy couples who had gotten their licenses. 

Downtown United Presbyterian Church opened their doors
for  those who desired to have a religious ceremony and provided a reception for all.

City Clerk Dan Karin opened the City offices for licences on  Sunday
and 39 same-sex couples took advantage.

City Clerk Dan Karin explains the paperwork to the first applicants who had arrived at 6am.

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