Upstate New York Farm Must Allow Gay Weddings

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Photo by Kelly Pfeister courtesy of the NYCLU
Jennifer, left, and Melisa McCarthy
An upstate New York farm has been fined by the state Division on Human Rights for refusing to host a wedding for a lesbian couple two years ago. Liberty Ridge Farm is located in Schaghticoke, New York, a 7,000-person town some 30 miles north of Albany. When Melisa Erwin and Jennie McCarthy decided to get married in 2012, as they told the press at the time, they thought Liberty Ridge would be the perfect place: they'd gotten engaged at an apple orchard, and getting hitched in Liberty Ridge's barn seemed like the perfect continuation to their rural theme. (According to court filings, the farm hosts blueberry-picking, pig races, and something called "pumpkin cannon shows.")

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Katz's Deli Hosted A Wedding Reception Last Night

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Party favors. Ivanka called them "amazing!!!"
This afternoon EV Grieve posted about a party that really takes the cake, or rather, the pastrami sandwich.

A couple had their black tie wedding reception yesterday at Katz's Delicatessen. Ivanka Trump tweeted about the event including pictures of the menu and the party favors. We talked to Kevin Albinder, the manager of Katz's, who said that weddings and other such events (Bar Mitzvahs, anniversaries) aren't that unusual at Katz's. "The party we had yesterday was kind of a big party, and we were closed for a good part of the day," he said.

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Two Thirds of Single People Have Given Up on Sex (on Valentine's Day, at Least)

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Only one third of singles expect to get laid on Valentine's Day -- about the same number that Facebook stalk their exes, a new study reveals.

The survey of 515 self-identified singles, conducted by Facebook dating app Areyouinterested.com, finds that 33 percent plan on winding up in bed on what's marketed as the most commercialized romantic day of the year. (Gross.)

Apparently, singles are not deterred by blind dates -- 74 percent would totally meet up with a stranger "indicating singles are not intimidated by the romantic pressure the holiday typically brings."

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Fighting Corporate Greed and Finding Love: An Occupy Wall Street Wedding

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Micha in her gown.
If the Occupy Wall Street protests don't eventually force stricter banking regulations or greater wealth equality, the movement can at least take responsibility for one love connection. Emery Abdel-Latif, 24, and Micha Balon, 19, met at Zuccotti Park in September and tied the knot today in a ceremony officiated by an NYU chaplain. Thanks to MSNBC's Meg Robertson, you can listen to part of the wedding here. Congratulations, Emery and Micha, you now have a pretty cool story to tell when people ask where you first met.

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Nearly Half the Population of New York City Has Never Been Married

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According to data released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau in their annual American Community Survey (via WNYC), New York state has the highest percentage of women who have never married in all of America. While the percentage statewide is 34.8 percent (that counts New York women 15 and over, which seems a bit young to us, but, then, we're not crunching the numbers), that statistic is supported largely by the women of New York City, where never-married ladies make up 41.7 percent of the population.

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Face-Making Little Boy Raises Level of Discourse Surrounding Kardashian Wedding


Yesterday, CNN's Kareen Wynte was reporting on the wedding of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries when a young man entered the frame and suddenly made the ceremony newsworthy. The marriage, which was until this moment a non-event, immediately became an issue of importance when the boy, wearing a backwards baseball cap, stuck his fingers in his mouth and danced around. The daughter of O.J. Simpson's old lawyer and a power forward for one of the NBA's worst teams will forever be indebted to this young man for lending credibility and significance to their matrimony. [via] [@nickgreene]


Pop Up Chapel Will Marry 24 Same-Sex Couples Today in Central Park

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Stage and Marks, photo by Matt Miller
Today, the first Saturday after gay marriages began in New York City, 24 same-sex couples will marry in Central Park at Merchant's Gate, on the corner of 59th Street and Central Park West. The Pop Up Chapel was an idea born among friends -- including local software developer Josh French, Gothamist editor Jen Carlson, writers Lindsay Robertson and Tyler Coates, and legal minister Bex Schwartz, whose day job is as a writer and director -- in the wave of excitement over gay marriage passing on the evening of June 24. Now it's actually happening! We spoke with Schwartz, as well as Anja Winikka of the Knot, which is acting as wedding planner for the event, and one of the couples who will be married there this evening, Dese'rae L. Stage and Katie Marks, who are, respectively, a photographer and a licensed massage therapist. They're both 28.

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Kitty Lambert Chats About Marrying Cheryle Rudd in First Legal New York Same-Sex Wedding

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Kitty Lambert (left) with fiancé Cheryle Rudd
On Monday, we reported that Kitty Lambert and her fiancé Cheryle Rudd will be the first same-sex couple to wed in New York State. The grandmothers of 12 will tie the knot before a crowd of thousands, in front of the specially rainbow lit Niagara Falls.

Kitty is also the President of OUTspoken for Equality, an organization that takes credit for pulling Buffallo area Republican State Senator Mark Gristanti into the marriage equality camp. She took a few minutes out of her bridal duties last night to chat with the Voice about wedding prep, being raised a Mormon, fighting for civil rights, and being "nobody special." (We disagreed with her on the last point.)

Here's our (edited) conversation.

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Where to Get Married in NYC for Free

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To celebrate the official start of gay marriages in New York on July 24, chapels and ministers all over the city will be joining people in holy matrimony for free, minus the cost of a marriage license. And that matrimony is not limited to LGBT couples -- there's at least one officiant offering her services to all couples. If you're not one of the lucky 764 to win spots in New York's public marriage lottery for a city ceremony on July 24, refer to our list, after the jump. Now updated!

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Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd, Two Grandmothers, to be First Same-Sex Couple Legally Wed in New York State

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When the New York State Senate was torturing gay rights activists last month by putting issues dealing with Niagara Falls on their agenda before marriage equality, it seemed pointless. But maybe the two were connected after all!

According to a press release from New Yorkers United for Marriage, the first same-sex couple to legally wed in New York State will be Buffalo residents Kitty Lambert and Cheryle Rudd, who will tie the knot on Luna Island in front of Niagara Falls. Also, "For the first time, to commemorate the wedding, monumental Niagara Falls will be lit in hues of the rainbow equality flag."

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