New York official takes stand on gay unions

The News Leader

September 7, 2010 8:31:08 PM PDT
A New York City official and a museum administrator have exchanged vows in Connecticut out of solidarity with gay friends who can't marry in New York.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer married Elyse Buxbaum in a civil ceremony at City Hall in New Haven. He said in a statement Wednesday that it was an "incredibly meaningful day" for the couple.

Connecticut allows same-sex unions and New York does not.

New Haven Mayor John DeStefano Jr. officiated the Sept. 2 marriage ceremony between Buxbaum and Stringer. The couple had a religious ceremony in Manhattan on Sept. 5.

New York's state Senate killed a bill that would have allowed same-sex marriage.