On 24 July 2011, history was made when New York state passed the legislation to approve same-sex marriage and hundreds of gay couples across the state could finally formalise their commitment to their lifelong partners.
In New York City alone, 823 couples got married that day.
Seen in the picture above are Phyllis Siegel (left) and Connie Kopelov (right) of New York City, the first same-sex couple to get married at the Manhattan City Clerk’s office. [New York Times, Image via AP]
From the Guardian UK: Siegal, 76, and Kopelov, 84, live in Chelsea and have been together for 23 years.
When I saw how happy the couple look, I broke into a grin. They looked so sweet together, don’t you think? I felt emotional. I was moved to see their union finally recognised in the place they have lived their whole lives in.
These were grandparents who were finally allowed to “utter the words that once seemed unimaginable: I do” after sharing more than two decades of their lives together.
There were other couples too who have shared their lives and built homes together while patiently waiting for the day they could officially wed and be recognised by the eyes of the law and the society at large.
That Sunday, their wish was finally granted.
Because “Love is simple. You either have it or you don’t. The rest is just delusion or self-sabotage”. [The Middleman]
Always treasure the person who loves you, cares for you and makes you laugh. This person will be unlike any other because you could talk to this person for hours and never get bored or tell them things and never get judged. Always treasure the person who is your soulmate and your best friend. Or you might wake up from your sleep one day and realise that you’ve lost the moon while counting the stars.