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Speaker Quinn marries her long term partner

New York City's highest elected LGBT official gets married
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Last night (19 May) New York City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn married her long term partner Kim M. Catullo.

The wedding was attended by a number of high-ranking New York politicians, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York’s two senators, Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, and  Raymond Kelly, the city's police commissioner.

The New York Times called the ceremony 'one of the most prominent same-sex weddings of a public official to date.'

Quinn, who is preparing a run for mayor, met Catullo (a lawyer) in 2001. Last year, when the New York state legislature debated if to approve same-sex marriages, Quinn would tell representatives how she and Catullo wanted to be wed before each of their fathers died. Both brides lost their mothers when they were young. Yesterday, the couple walked down the aisle on the arms of their respective fathers.

The ceremony was officiated by the state's former chief judge, Judith S. Kaye. In 2006, the judge wrote a dissent in a ruling blocking gay and lesbian couples from marrying.

Same sex marriage has been legal in New York since 2011 July.

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