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‘Pop-up’ chapels in New York’s Central Park play host to same-sex weddings

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Marking the first full weekend of marriage equality in New York state, 24 gay and lesbian couples on Saturday wed in “pop-up” chapels in New York’s Central Park.

Couples were chosen to wed in the specially designed chapels through a contest sponsored by the wedding planning website, The Knot.


Pastor Mark Cutolo officiates over the marriage of Scott Baumann and Tom Corujo.

With every “I do,” jubilant whoops and cheers burst from the crowd, a mix of friends, family and passers-by.

The weddings, although held adjacent to the commotion of New York City’s Columbus Circle, felt comfortably ensconced in Central Park. The event’s organizers reported no protests or disturbances throughout the day.

Full story: CNN

Pop Up Chapel with The Knot provided the pre-selected couples with an officiant, photographer, flowers, hair & makeup stylists, cupcakes and the location — all at no cost.

They chose 24 couples in a nod to the day in which same-sex marriage was passed and became legal in New York — the bill was approved in the legislature and signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on June 24, and too effect July 24.

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7 more reader comments:

  1. Hooray! I’m glad there were no protesters there to ruin these couples’ big day. :)

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 11:04am
  2. Hallalou!!!!

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 2:29pm
  3. I don’t need love lookin like diamonds :-)

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 5:21pm
  4. Video slideshow featuring photos of 13 couples:

    Posted on Sunday, July 31, 2011 at 9:25pm
  5. Finally some equality!

    Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:14am
  6. This was a great weekend for Centrall Park, gay and lesbian marriage at a chapel, equality for New York Civil Unions.

    Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 12:57am
  7. Wish I was in NY! I would be so glad to be apart of this. Instead I’m in Florida where they still can’t see their feet because of all their blubber ~Rev. G~

    Posted on Monday, August 1, 2011 at 5:24pm